In Chapter Three, I offered several suggestions for preparing to make an outline of your speech. Let me summarize those suggestions:
Do a thorough job of researching the subject.
Prepare a written statement of the specific purpose of the speech.
Write down exactly what you want the audience to think or feel or do as a result of the speech.
Based on your research, list all the points you might want to make.
Pare the list down to three, four, or possibly five truly important points, discarding the remaining ones or converting them into supporting points.
Identify the thesis, or unifying theme, that emerges from the paring-down process.
Arrange the points and supporting points in the proper order.
What you then ...