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The Lost Art of the Great Speech: How to Write It * How to Deliver It by Richard Dowis

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Chapter Four. Outlining and Organizing

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.

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