Sample Preparation Outline
Attention-getter: Listen up - would everyone in here like to earn a much better grade in their speech class just by following this example? Motivate the audience to listen: A good outline can make the difference between an A and B, and sometimes even between an A and a C. Establish credibility: As the person who will be grading your speeches, and having graded hundreds of speeches in the past, I know what makes a good speech outline. Central Idea (Introduce the subject): Today I am going to inform you how to write a preparation outline for Mrs. Hammond’s public speaking class. Preview Main Points: First, I’m going to give you a few tips on what to include in the outline, then I will tell you why having a good outline is so important, and finally, I will tell you how to use the preparation outline.
I. First, here are some tips that will ensure you get full credit on your speech outline by including the essentials. A. Make sure your outline is full-content.
1. Everything that is in your speech should be in your outline. 2. You might think it is ridiculous to write out the entire speech, but it actually helps with delivery. 3. A full-content outline forces a speaker to put their thoughts into sentences, thus completing the thought. If you just have key words and phrases, you might have trouble completing the thoughts when delivering the speech. 4. Students ask me all the time, “How long should the outline be?” The answer is, “I don’t know!” The outline should be as long as it needs to be in order to be within the time limits. It isn’t about how many pages; it’s about how many minutes. B. Next, make sure you turn in an outline!
1. An outline is set up in this format.
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