A well prepared outline is the cornerstone to a good speech. You need to be consistent and concise. If you want to present yourself as a knowledgeable source, back up your statements with quotes and statistics. Without a detailed outline, your speech will seem disorganized. As one of my former students wrote in his final speech evaluation:
The way I improved my organization was definitely through my outlines. After each speech, I got better because of having a better outline. Now I believe that the more time you spend on a detailed outline, the better your speech will be.
When a student gives a speech, s/he is to give the instructor a folder containing a page with the following headings and specified information:
SPEECH TITLE: What the speech is about
GENERAL PURPOSE: To inform or To persuade
SPECIFIC PURPOSE: To inform that... or To inform about... OR To persuade the audience to... or To persuade the audience that... (Must not include and, but, or, not.)
CENTRAL IDEA: Otherwise known as the thesis statement, this is one complete sentence that sums up your speech.
SUPPORTING MATERIALS: (Required)
1. Documented Sources: This is something that the speaker has read, evidence of research, accompanied by the author and the name of the source and the date if the source is a newspaper or periodical. That is, the source is to be cited in the speech. A photo copy or computer printout of the following for the major documented source must be fastened behind the "Outline Page": title page of article, chapter,etc. or print out of web page.
2. Visual Aid(s): One required for every speech, two required for speech #5.