Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 1 decade ago

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?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's a normal outline with some special points that you are going to speak about

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    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

    the speech.

    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

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