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Guidelines for the Outline

For those of you worried about how to put together the outline, I have a few guidelines that will hopefully help. Do your best to follow these.

1) Every point in the outline must be full-sentance. A complete sentence is a complete thought. Look to the sample outline to see how I want it.

Wrong

I. Younger years.

Correct

I. When I was little I always wanted to be an astronaut.

2) No more than two sentences per point. If you have a full paragraph for point A, you have too much. You must break long statements into subpoints.

Wrong

I. When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut. I loved watching the shuttle launches and visiting NASA. I even built models of space ships and begged my parents to take me to Florida so I could watch an actual shuttle launch.

Correct

I. When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut.
A. I loved watching the shuttle launches and visiting NASA.
B. I even built models of space ships and begged my parents to take me to Florida so I could watch an actual shuttle launch.

3) No single subpoints. If you have a subpoint a. then you must have a subpoint b.

Wrong

I. When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut.
A. I loved watching the shuttle launches and visiting NASA.

Correct

I. When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut.
A. I loved watching the shuttle launches and visiting NASA.
B. I even built models of space ships and begged my parents to take me to Florida so I could watch an actual shuttle launch.

4) Make sure you have correct grammar and spelling.

5) Follow a clear format that allows me to easily read the outline.

Wrong

When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut.
I loved watching the shuttle launches and visiting NASA.
I even built models of space ships and begged my parents to take me to Florida so I could watch an actual shuttle launch.

Correct

I. When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut.
A. I loved watching the shuttle launches and visiting NASA.
B. I even built models of space ships and begged my parents to take me to Florida so I could watch an actual shuttle launch

Outline Sample

Two Steps to a Less Scary Speech

Purpose: To inform the audience about a few ways to make public speaking less scary
Introduction
I Did you know that more people fear public speaking than they do death?
A. If you had to attend a funeral, would you rather give the eulogy or be in the casket?
B. Public speaking is a scary thing for a lot of people
II A few easy steps can help make public speaking a less scary thing
III Since all of you will probably have to speak in public, you should pay attention to this.
IV And I do know what I am talking about, as I teach public speaking and have spoken in public many, many times.
V So I’m going to tell you how to have more confidence before you give your speech and how to relate to your audience when you give your speech.
Body
I A good speaker knows that preparation is important to a speech.
A. It is vitally important to write the text of your speech well before you speak.
1. You should start by doing research on your topic and knowing what you are talking about.
2. The textbook Presentations in Everyday Life: Strategies for Effective Speaking recommends going to the library, conducting interviews, or doing online research to get information.
3. Finally you should put together a detailed outline of your speech.
B. Once you have your speech written, you need to practice.
1. The more you practice beforehand, the more confident you will feel about your speech.
2. Try to practice in front of other people, especially people who can give you good feedback.
3. If you have to, videotape yourself, or practice in front of a mirror so you can see what you do when you speak.
II Knowing how to relate to the audience will make the speech much easier and much more enjoyable
A. Humor is one good way to relate to the audience.
1. By opening with a humorous story or a joke, a speaker will come across as more likeable.
2. Self effacing humor is the most effective form of humor.
a. It will show the audience that you don’t take yourself too seriously
b. It is the safest form of humor, as it has the least risk to offend someone and the greatest chance of going over well with an audience
3. Making fun of lawyers and politicians is also effective.
B. Sharing personal experience also helps you connect to the audience, as they see you as a real person
C. Finally, understanding who your audience is will make your speech go much more smoothly.
1. Do your best to find out as much as you can about your audience
2. Make sure to avoid saying or doing something that might offend them, as that will make it harder to give your speech
Conclusion
I As you can see, preparing beforehand and knowing how to relate to your audience will definitely help you give a better speech.
II I hope you see how following these steps will make public speaking a less scary thing.
III When you give a speech, I want you to remember that preparation and relation are the key to a better speech.
IV Because honestly, I would much rather give a eulogy than be in a casket.
Works Cited
Dalay, John A. and Isa N. Engleberg. Presentations in Everyday Life: Strategies for Effective Speaking. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001. pp 110-128.