How To Make A Speech Outline
Delivering a speech without notes or speech outlines is a talent. Experienced speakers really speak from the inner depth of their being. But that is a talent by itself and it takes a lot of practice and a love for doing instant or what we call "impromptu" speeches.
For beginners, this entails putting into writing the thoughts you have in mind and organizing them in such a way that it would be easy for the listeners to understand and comprehend the idea you want impressed in their mind.
A speech outline is very similar to writing an article. It has 5 basic parts.
TIP 1: In making a speech outline, it is usually better to just write the key phrase or sentence of the main idea your going to talk about. This will help give you better eye contact to your audience and proper gesture.
Parts of a Speech Outline
1. Introduction - The introduction should not be too long or too short but enough to capture your audience's attention. This may be a joke, a short story or a personal experience. Make sure this will coincide with your SPS. Don't over do it.
2. SPS - (Specific Purpose Statement) This will be your main idea. This will define the purpose of your speech. State here the concept or idea you want the audience to learn or understand. This will also pave the way to the next part of your speech outline - the Title.
3. Title - This needs to be a fitting one line description of your whole speech.
TIP 2: In making your speech title, you don't need to be too complex. A short but a mind catching title will do.
4. Body - As any content of the speech, be brief in writing out the steps of what you want delivered. Put in keywords. Do not write it all out. It's about being able to elaborate the keywords into a series of verbal words. This will give room for you to express it in your own words. Such that your speeches will sound more genuine and current.
Tip 3: You'll appear to be reading from your speech outline if you write out the whole thought. This will not be very engaging with the audience. And would result in a sloppy speech. You don't want your audience snoozing! Use only keywords.
5. Conclusion - This basically is a summary of the points you said in the body portion of your speech. This does not necessarily have to be long but usually should give the listener, making notes, to check any missed points from your speech.
Tip 4: While working on any part of the speech outline, always keep in mind that everything should tie up with the SPS of your speech. This will help you be on track about your subject.
That's it! All you have to do next is to practice speaking and getting the feel of it.