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Ch 5: Speech Organization

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Without a good organization plan, a speech can go sour very quickly and lose an audience. This chapter explains how to form a coherent body and organize a strong speech that gets your message across.

Speech Organization - Chapter Summary

Organizing information into a well thought-out speech is a vital component of keeping an audience hooked. Moving ahead too quickly, jumping back and forth or going off on tangents can cause problems at the podium and may risk alienating some members of the audience completely. By developing an outline and establishing a beginning, middle and end, a speech can be memorable for the right reasons. The videos included in this chapter teach the following:

  • How to create a great introduction
  • Where to insert supporting ideas
  • How to wrap up a speech
  • What the different purposes of a speech are
  • How to organize persuasive vs. informative speeches

VideoObjective
Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & CharacteristicsLearn to generate ideas for a speech.
The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for SpeechesFind out about the components to begin and end a solid speech.
Speech Introductions: Role & ComponentsSee how to write an introduction that grabs the attention of your audience.
Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a SpeechDiscover how to establish the core of a speech.
Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and CharacteristicsLearn ways to strengthen your main ideas and add credibility.
Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & PrinciplesExamine how to outline a speech.
Speech Conclusions: Role & ComponentsLearn about the importance of a strong conclusion in a speech.
Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & AudienceExplore reasons why organization matters in a planning a speech.
Patterns of Organization for Informative SpeechesLearn how to give information during a speech.
Patterns of Organization for Persuasive SpeechesSee how to use patterns of organization in a speech designed to persuade an audience.

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: Speech Organization
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics

1. 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.

The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for Speeches

2. The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for Speeches

You may think that after writing your main points it's okay to just throw together an introduction and a conclusion. Not true! In this lesson, you will learn about the role and importance of writing a strong introduction and conclusion.

Speech Introductions: Role & Components

3. 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 & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

4. 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

5. 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.

Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles

6. 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

7. 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.

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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