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Strategies for Speech Organization - Chapter Summary
From selecting the main ideas of a speech to working in supporting material, these lessons cover all aspects of speech organization. Experienced instructors cover term definitions and examples to help you relate more easily to the material and clarify any topics you might be struggling with. Once you have completed your study of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain the importance of speech organization
- Understand how to use main points in your speech
- Describe how supporting ideas are used in a speech
- Define informative and persuasive speeches
- Relate methods for organizing informative and persuasive speeches
- Identify effective supporting materials for a speech and discuss how to use them
Lessons are easy-to-follow and use illustrations and examples to support the text. Videos can be accessed at any time, on any device, and transcripts are printable for quick reference. At the end of each lesson, you can use self-assessment quizzes to demonstrate your full understanding of the material and to identify any areas in which you might need further review.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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