“Say what you’re going to say. Say it. Tell them what you just said.” This is a good rule to follow in organizing your speech. Here is how it works:
- In the opening of your speech, include an outline of the topics you will present in the body. This tells the audience what to expect, and they can follow along as you give each point.
- The body of your speech expands on the topics you presented in your outline. You might also begin each topic with a brief outline of what you will present in that section of the speech.
- In the conclusion of your speech, recap the points you gave in the body. This helps the audience recall what you covered and reinforces the points you want them to remember.
By following this rule, you make the speech easier for you to deliver and for your audience to remember.
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