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Organize and Write Your Speech

Choosing a pattern of organization
A well organized speech typically includes three clear parts: a beginning, a middle and an end.

Click here to learn more about selecting your pattern of organization. This page will focus on some of the strategies that you can use to develop the middle section of your speech, sometimes called the body or the discussion.

Starting your talk
Be creative. In the introduction to your speech, gain your listeners' attention and then focus their attention on your central idea by making a clear statement of your thesis and a preview of your main ideas. The introduction is also a time to develop rapport with your audience and establish your credibility.

Click here to learn more about developing your introduction.

Ending your talk
As you conclude the speech, provide a summary that recaps the main ideas of your speech. Then, end in a dramatic fashion to give your conclusion a sense of finality.

Click here to learn more about developing your dynamism.

Developing visual aids
Visual aids provide support for your talk. Visuals can organize the entire presentation, providing a visual roadmap for the audience, and/or illustrate a point that you are trying to make. In some cases, a picture is worth 1,000 words.

Click here to learn more about developing your visuals.

Using Power Point™
Many presenters enjoy using computer software to generate a slideshow presentation. If used well, this is a valuable addition to your talk. Used poorly, your audience will suffer from death by Power Point.

Click here to learn more about developing your computer-generated presentation.

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