Ch 12: Preparing for Speeches

About This Chapter

This chapter is a great way to review how to prepare for speeches, with video and text lessons taught by professional instructors detailing a multitude of tactics and considerations for speech-giving.

Preparing for Speeches - Chapter Summary

This chapter can help you get ready to give speeches by going over various strategies and things to keep in mind when preparing, providing a thorough yet time-efficient look at the following:

  • Forms of speeches
  • Choosing pertinent support for your speech
  • Conducting interviews for speech support
  • Citing sources
  • Developing and choosing the main points of a speech
  • The supporting ideas of a speech
  • Organizing a speech
  • Patterns of organization
  • Speaking outlines
  • Speech introductions and conclusions
  • Developing a speech's body

Though these topics may seem extensive, the dashboard feature will make it easy to stay organized by letting you check out your recent activity and progress through the chapter. While there, you'll also be able to explore links to pertinent practice quizzes and additional courses recommended specifically for you.

13 Lessons in Chapter 12: Preparing for Speeches
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Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

1. Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose.

Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech

2. Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech

Supporting materials are the foundation of any good speech. This lesson shows you how to find the right type of supporting materials for the ideas and concepts in your speech!

How to Conduct an Interview for Speech Support

3. How to Conduct an Interview for Speech Support

Conducting an interview for speech support is more than just asking a bunch of questions. In this lesson, you will learn about the techniques to prepare and conduct an interview. You will also learn how to best use your interview information for speech support.

Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech

4. Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech

Citing sources while researching for a speech is an important, yet overlooked skill. This skill can help you develop your speech and avoid plagiarism. Learn the tips and tricks for citing sources and researching in this lesson!

Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

5. Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

The objective of a good speech is to persuade, inform or entertain an audience. To accomplish this, one must have a specific purpose for the speech. This is the main idea or thesis statement and it must be prevalent throughout the speech.

Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

6. Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

When used appropriately, supporting ideas will help strengthen your speech and persuade your audience by giving it the depth needed to add clarity and credibility to your claims.

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

7. Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

In speech writing, it is important to keep the information organized, which demonstrates credibility and makes the speech easier to comprehend. It starts with the main idea, the speech body and a compelling conclusion.

Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches

8. Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches

Informational speeches are designed to inform an audience about a topic. The information should be organized so it is clear, logical and easy to understand and follow. The pattern of organization depends greatly on the information presented.

Patterns of Organization for Persuasive Speeches

9. Patterns of Organization for Persuasive Speeches

Organizing information for a persuasive speech will help to convince your audience of your point and keeps information flowing in a logical order. This can be done using a problem/solution order or Monroe's motivated sequence pattern.

Preparation & Speaking Outlines: Differences & Importance

10. Preparation & Speaking Outlines: Differences & Importance

In many public speaking classes you will be asked to create a preparation outline and a speaking outline. These outlines are important in the process of speech construction and delivery.

Speech Introductions: Role & Components

11. Speech Introductions: Role & Components

A speech introduction should give a good first impression, get your audience's attention, establish credibility, and prepare your audience for the content of the speech. In this lesson, you'll learn about the essential components of an introduction.

Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles

12. Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles

Developing the body of a speech can be a time-consuming process and a critical part of outlining. This lesson will help you understand the principles of outlining the body of your speech.

Speech Conclusions: Role & Components

13. Speech Conclusions: Role & Components

The conclusion of your speech is the last thing the audience will hear. Therefore, it is important to understand the role and components of a conclusion.

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