What every speech needs is a hook. Your audience starts off restless, mentally lethargic, and in some cases sleepy. You have to snap them out of it. If your introduction fails there’s very little chance of getting them back. Your hook can include anything from a humorous anecdote to a shocking or controversial statement. Which one you choose depends entirely on your subject matter and audience. This can follow or come before your thesis statement. Obviously, you want to make this as enticing as possible. Asking a rhetorical question is a favourite for speechmakers. The introduction can take as long as you want, but it’s usually best to keep it short. You might want to start with a video or a short slide of images. Fit these things into your informative speech outline template if it’s relevant. Body
The body is simple in principle. You delve into your main points, as well as any sub points you have. Assuming you’ve successfully made it through the introduction, length is your biggest threat. It’s tempting to cover every base you have and every possible question. This can actually turn against you, though. Allow the audience to ask questions. It encourages debate and keeps people engaged. It also gives their minds a break from watching and listening to you. Just run through your points. How you do this is entirely up to you. Try to use multiple forms of media to keep interest levels high. But avoid using the same type of media for each point you make. Don’t milk it. Allow each point to have its own unique form of delivery. Conclusion
Finish strongly. You can briefly reiterate your points, but keep this short and confined to the main points. Explain, again, the point of the speech and open the floor to questions. It’s best to invite the audience to participate as quickly as possible because the points remain fresh in their minds. Studies have shown how building on these things quickly has far more positive results than droning on and on and on. An informative speech outline template is great for providing some order to the chaos of preparing a speech, but don’t let it trap you. Break the boundaries and make your own slightly different template. Just use this as a starting point, before adapting it to your specific speech.
If you’re sitting here at town hall tonight, it means you want answers. You’re here on your own time because you care about this town—and you want to make sure I care about it as much as you do. You want to make sure I’ll bring real solutions with me to office, not just bandages. Well, I’m not going to waste any of your time. My main focus today is your children.
“Children are our future.” It’s a phrase we hear often, but it is often used without a full understanding of the implications. “Children are our future” means that children are our priority. Right now, we have some of the lowest test scores in the entire county. Not only that, our math and science scores were around 20 points lower than the state average. That is not making children our priority. That is not securing their future or the future of this town. No one wants to move to a town or stay in a town that has, to be frank, a lousy public education system.
When I was a child here, our town was actually renowned for its stellar schools, so what changed over the last thirty years? For one thing, an exorbitantly high percentage of the town’s budget has been allocated to parks, recreation, and beautification. Not to say that money was wasted—we have an extraordinarily gorgeous town—but pristine streets won’t help our students compete at a national level when it comes time to picking a college.
On top of that, we have a staff that is rife with teachers who have been offered tenure despite a long track record of under-performing students. During my time as superintendent of schools 10 years ago, I tried to push for a merit-based tenureship. It didn’t go through, and I’ve been pushing ever since. I...