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Ch 6: Preparing & Writing a Speech

About This Chapter

The goal of a good speech is to either inform or persuade an audience. This chapter will examine the best ways to prepare for the speech by writing it out in advance.

Preparing & Writing a Speech - About This Chapter

Any speech can be given completely off-the-cuff, but one that is properly prepared and studied in written form is likely to get a bigger reaction once it is delivered. More than just the body of the speech, notes about where to properly grab the attention of the audience and visual cues can be an excellent supplement for an already well-prepared presentation. This set of video lessons will teach how to best get ready for the delivery of the speech, with answers to the following:

  • How to create outlines
  • How to use attention-getting tools
  • Why getting stuck is nothing to worry about
  • How to work with time limits
  • Why a thesis statement is a good starting point

VideoObjective
Preparation & Speaking Outlines: Differences & ImportanceUnderstand the meanings of both kinds of outlines.
Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization PatternLearn the common methods of outlines.
Grabbing the Audience's Attention: Methods & TipsSee how to keep the audience hooked.
Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech TopicDiscover how to begin from a thesis.
Turning Your Topic into Main Points for Your Speech: Tips & IdeasExamine how to get out of a jam while writing.
Building Credibility to Persuade Your Audience in Public SpeakingEstablish legitimacy with an audience.
Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to PrepareRead how to work with time constraints.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: Preparing & Writing a Speech
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Preparation & Speaking Outlines: Differences & Importance

1. 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.

Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization Pattern

2. Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization Pattern

Sometimes understanding how to outline a speech can be one of the more difficult and confusing parts of speech construction. In this lesson, you will learn about the formatting and components of a speech.

Grabbing the Audience's Attention: Methods & Tips

3. Grabbing the Audience's Attention: Methods & Tips

Attention getting devices are a good way to start your speech, capture the audience's attention, and give a good first impression. This lesson discusses the different types of attention getting devices.

Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic

4. Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic

The thesis statement is a vital part of your speech. In this lesson, learn how to create a thesis statement and identify problems in existing thesis statements.

Turning Your Topic into Main Points for Your Speech: Tips & Ideas

5. Turning Your Topic into Main Points for Your Speech: Tips & Ideas

Once you have a topic in mind, it can sometimes be difficult to decide on main ideas. This lesson will show you brainstorming techniques to help when you get stuck in the speech writing process.

Building Credibility to Persuade Your Audience in Public Speaking

6. Building Credibility to Persuade Your Audience in Public Speaking

Building credibility is an important component of your speech. Without credibility, your audience members won't trust what you have to say! This lesson will teach you about the different types of credibility and how to build credibility in your speech.

Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to Prepare

7. Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to Prepare

It can be overwhelming at times to find a topic that is just right for the speech you are giving. A great way to decide upon the best topic for time limits is to determine if your topic is too broad, too narrow, or if it is a focused topic.

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