BASIC SPEECH STRUCTURE

INTRODUCTION

Attention-getters

Need

Reveal the topic and your interest or point of view.

Establish credibility and good will with the audience.

Preview the body of the speech.

BODY                      

(Signposts throughout speech)

Main points (2-5)

Types of organization patterns

Support

Use a variety of support (facts/statistics, testimony, examples), picked for your particular audience.

Make sure each point is developed completely before going on to the next.

If needed, summarize the point before making a transition to the next point.

Document your sources to add credibility. Use recent, credible sources and cite them in your speech when necessary.

Factors of attention, understanding and remembering need to be used.

CONCLUSION:

Indicate that you are concluding.

Close with impact:

summarize the main points
reinforce the central idea
quotation        
narrative      
appeal to action
return to opening theme

Don't include any new information. A conclusion should simply review what you've said and give your last opinions.

Be brief. Don't make the conclusion too long. It's supposed to wrap everything up and signal the end of your speech. Your audience won't be pleased if your conclusion is long.