Organizing Your Speech

Why Organize?

  • Well organized speeches are more pleasing.
  • Well organized speeches are easier to understand.
  • Well organized speeches are easier to remember.
  • Well organized speeches are more credible.

  • Creating Speech Body

  • Your speech should have three levels.

    1. Central Idea
    2. Main Points
      (Two or Three Points)
    3. Support Material
      (Examples, Statistics, Narrative, Testimony, etc.)
  • Cluster your Notes (See Bubble Method) around central idea.

  • Statistics
    In 1980 only one country, the Soviet Union, had been named by the U.S. for violating the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention banning the development and possession of biological weapons. Since then, however, the number has ballooned. In 1989 at least ten countries were violating it. Last year the number had grown to at least 26.
  • Examples
    Countries such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, and North Korea are special threats in view of their histories of militant behavior. Iraq, for exampel, has acknowledged that during the Persian Gulf War it possessed Scud missiles tipped with biological warheads.
  • Testimony
    Kathleen Bailey, a former assistant director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, says that she is absolutely convinced that a major biological arsenal could be built with $10,000 worth of equipment in a room 15 by 15 feet.
  • Causes
    Biological weapons are the poor man's or country's weapon of mass destruction.
  • Solutions
    The most effective safeguard against biological warfare is prevention. We need more advanced intelligence so that we can stop terrorists before they strike. We need regulation of commercial orders of pathogens so that the nuts out there can't get their hands on them. Finally, we need to improve our ability to identify and control emerging diseases so that new uncontrolable pathogens do not develop.
  • Create Main Points.

  • Support Main Points.

    See article on support.
  • Discard Irrelevant Material.

  • Customize points for audience.

  • Use parallel language when possible.

    Methods of Organization