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Outlining an Introduction Speech


Prepare an introduction speech Outline. (Please read all directions thoroughly and email me if you are unclear.)

Assignment Overview

In this assignment, you will explore the process used to prepare a basic speech. You will select a potential speech topic and outline your topic selection.


A one-page (250-word) outline- See suggested format shown below.

Step 1 Review the information involved in planning a speech. 

The main steps involved in preparing any type of speech include the following and should always remember the Preacher's Axiomthat is this: First, you tell them what you are going to tell them, then you tell them, and then you tell them what you told them. You do this by these steps:

  • Choose the Right Topic
  • Narrow Your Topic
  • Locate Supporting Material
  • Structure Your Speech
  • Prepare an Outline
  • Practice
  • Deliver Your Speech

Step 2 Prepare an introduction speech. 

In a one-page (250-word) outline, you are not writing your speech, just the outline, consider the following as you prepare your speech:

  • Brainstorm what your fellow classmates might find interesting about you for this introduction speech. Consider family history, stories about your childhood, significant life events, or your accomplishments.
  • Narrow your ideas down to a specific topic, theme, or anecdote. List the specific topic or title for your speech.
  • When locating supporting materials for your introduction speech, think about any visual aids that may support your delivery.
  • Remember to think about how you will open and close your introduction speech. Include those notes in your outline.

Step 3 Save and submit your assignment. 

When you have completed the assignment, save a copy for yourself in an easily accessible place and submit a copy to your instructor using the dropbox.

Here is a general method of outlining your speech that I urge you to use:

                                         Outline Format

Hook- this is the opening statement to your speech. It should be a statement that arouses interest and makes your reader/audience want to read or hear more. You pique their interest and they want to know more!

Thesis Statement (TS)- this is the main focus of your speech and I suggest it always be explicit. You want to first tell the audience what you are going to tell them and this is done in the TS. Make it explicit by listing the three points of your speech, not just by stating something like this: There are three reasons why cars are necessary, but rather like this: The three reasons cars are necessary are they are used to get people from point A to point B, they are used in emergencies, and they are useful for family transportation. See the difference between explicit and implied? Making your TS explicit is the best way to inform your audience in beginning speeches.

Support- These are the words in at least three body paragraphs that follow your TS in order of what you have listed for the three points. Use one paragraph to write about each point. Please have at least five sentences per paragraph since that can help ensure that you have enough support for that point. 

Conclusion- In the conclusion, you will want to restate your TS but not in the exact same words you used in the introduction paragraph. Just use slightly different wording to say the same thing without boring your readers/audience with the same words from the introduction. Then you will want to end your conclusion with the last statement that will leave the audience with a warm and fuzzy feeling that appeals somehow to the emotions. We suggest this technique because it is known that folks remember the first and last of speeches, most times, and you should always want to make your speech memorable, so end with a memorable statement.

I hope this helps. If you have questions, be sure to email me. Best wishes!

Dr. Williams :)

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