How do you write a speaking outline?
I have to write an informative speech for my speech class and I am suppose to include a speaking outline. Is that like a normal outline you would make for a writing assignment in an English class? or is it something different?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It's a normal outline with some special points that you are going to speak about
- Anonymous1 decade ago
TIPS FOR THE SPEAKING OUTLINE
1. Keep your speaking outline as brief as possible. Reduce your speech to key words
and phrases (except for direct quotations, statistics, source citations, and certain
key ideas) to enhance the extemporaneous quality of your delivery.
2. Follow the visual framework of symbolization and indentation used in your
preparation outline. This will make it easier for you to see where you are in the
speech at any given moment.
3. Some people put their speaking outlines on index cards; others prefer to write them
on paper or to print them from a word processor. Either can work fine as long as
your notes are immediately legible to you while you are speaking. Check with your
instructor to see if she or he has any preferences in this regard.
4. Most speakers who use index cards find the 3 X 5 size too cramped and prefer the
4 X 6 or 5 X 8 sizes instead.
5. If you put your speaking outline on index cards, try to use one card for each main
point, plus one card each for the introduction and conclusion. This will reinforce the
distinctiveness of each point and will help you pause at appropriate moments during
6. Whether you use index cards or regular paper, write on only one side of each card
or sheet of paper. Limit the amount of information on each card or sheet of paper so
you can read it at a glance under the pressure of the speech situation. Number
each card or sheet of paper in the upper right-hand corner so it is easy for you to
make sure they are in the correct order.
7. If you compose your speaking outline on a word processor, use a large, readable
font. It is not a good idea to use all capital letters, since research has shown that a
lot of words in ALL CAPS is harder to read than is normal text. Use generous
margins and provide extra space between lines.
8. If you are composing your speaking outline on a word processor and want to use
index cards for your speaking notes, format the pages on your word processor to
correspond with the size of your index cards. You can then print your notes on
computer paper and tape or glue them to your index cards.
9. If you write your speaking outline by hand, use printing, and don’t use pencil, which
smudges easily and is often too light to read without straining.
10. Give yourself cues for delivering the speech. Remind yourself to maintain eye
contact and to gesture. Tell yourself when to pause, where to speak louder, and the
like. Also include signals that will remind you when to display and remove visual
aids. Use highlighters or brightly colored markers for delivery cues to make sure
you will not overlook them during the speech.
11. Prepare your speaking outline far enough in advance that you will have plenty of
time to practice with it as you rehearse the speech.
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- 1 decade ago
same as writing, but make sure to "activate", then give speech, then "summarize"; maybe they'll remember it more