"...so what've you got to tell me?"
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- "Points" - You know it & I know
it: from the very beginning, there are some
things (I call'em points) that you just need to
include in the speech. Maybe because the nature
of the speech requires it, maybe because you just know
you have to include this a bit that you love -
whatever the reason, don't ignore these points!
Write them down, think about how they relate to each
other and to the speech as a whole; this is the
beginning of an outline...
- Flow - Now we need to put what we've got
together into something coherent. Incorporate
the views and points while satisfying the goals.
However, a speech that flows needs more than just the
right parts - it needs some kind of development, some
variation throughout, to create an interesting and
effective presentation. Try presenting opposing
viewpoints at first and moving gradually, through the
introduction of various pieces of evidence, to your
conclusion at the end. Try starting with only
questions, and lead the audience on a "path of
discovery." Whatever you do, keep this as a
rough outline for now; it needs more fleshing before
it's a viable piece of oratory.
- Attitude - This is also a good time to do a 'tude
check, and make sure you're not only conveying the message
you want, but also the mood. As I've said
before, sarcasm is perfectly fine (in fact,
recommended) in small doses, but too much can render
the speech depressing and cynical, and the speaker
someone the audience loves to hate. It's very
rare that a speech will want to have a negative
outlook; keep the downsides balanced by plenty
of upside. And don't confuse humor with a good
attitude; a lot of humor is actually negative in this
You've got an idea & an outline;
let's fill it up with fun stuff. Let's move on to Devices...