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Ch 5: Speech Development

About This Chapter

The Speech Development chapter of this Public Speaking Study Guide course is the simplest way to master speech development for public speaking. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of speech development.

Who's It For:

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering speech development material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn speech development. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding speech development
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning public speaking (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about speech development
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra public speaking learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Speech Development chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Speech Development chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any speech development questions. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a speech development unit of a standard public speaking course. Topics covered include:

  • Why public speaking events are held
  • Choosing speech topics
  • Determining the main ideas of a speech
  • Creating the thesis statement from your topic
  • Organizing your speech and using supporting material
  • Research strategies that reflect your audience and purpose
  • Utilizing search engines for online research
  • Primary and secondary research
  • The importance of reliable, credible and worthy sources
  • PowerPoint formatting strategies
  • Speaking within a time limit

16 Lessons in Chapter 5: Speech Development
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Understanding Reasons for a Public Speaking Event

1. Understanding Reasons for a Public Speaking Event

In this lesson, you'll learn how to prepare for a speaking event. Learn how to tailor your speech to be appropriate for the event based on your background, the occasion and the audience.

Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics

2. Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics

In this lesson, learn tips and tricks for generating ideas for a speech. We'll explore how to select an appropriate topic and the methods of finding a good topic for your speech.

Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic

5. 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.

Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose

6. Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose

Conducting research is more than just typing a few keywords into a search database. In this lesson, you will learn about effective research strategies and how to tailor your research to your audience.

Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech

7. 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!

Using Search Engines for Online Research

8. Using Search Engines for Online Research

The Internet can be a resource that saves you time, but if you don't know how to use it properly, it can be a frustrating experience. In this lesson, you will learn about how to properly find supporting materials online with research tips and tricks.

Primary vs. Secondary Research: Difference & Importance

9. Primary vs. Secondary Research: Difference & Importance

Research is a vital part of any good speech. This lesson will help you distinguish between primary and secondary resources when citing your research. At the end, test your knowledge of primary and secondary resources with practice problems.

Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech

10. Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech

When you are developing a speech, you need research to back up your claims. You can use different types of supporting materials strategically to help you. In this lesson, you will learn about these supporting materials and how to use them in your speech.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

11. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

12. 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.

Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

13. 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.

How to Work Supporting Materials into Your Speech

14. How to Work Supporting Materials into Your Speech

A good speech should include supporting materials from secondary sources to back up claims made within the speech. They add credibility and also provide the audience with a way to research more about the topic.

Formatting PowerPoint Slides for a Speech: Tips & Strategies

15. Formatting PowerPoint Slides for a Speech: Tips & Strategies

When giving a speech or presentation, many people choose to use PowerPoint or another slideware program. But, how should a person format the slides for greatest impact? Watch this video for tips on formatting PowerPoint slides for a speech.

Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to Prepare

16. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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