THE HOW OF AN OUTLINE

Just how do you go about producing an outline? This section will look at both external and internal organization to make sense of outline construction.

External Order

All outlines follow a basic external structure: introduction, body and conclusion. Let’s take them in order and break them down.

The Introduction

Its purpose is to draw audience attention to the topic, to create a need to know for the audience and to structure the forthcoming speech. In a nutshell, the purpose of the introduction is to tell the audience what you’re about to tell them! Structurally that consists of four parts: The attention getter, the need to know, the thesis and the preview.

Getting Attention

Attention getters come in many different sizes ...

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