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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