Putting together an outline is hard work. But let us say that you have completed that step. You have worked on an outline. Now you need to turn it into a speech. In this article you will see four things you should do that will put meat on the bones of a speech outline. In short, for every one of the points in your outline you should do the following four things.

The first thing you should do is clearly define and describe the point. You have a point, don’t make it hard for people to understand your point. Clearly describe it as succinctly as possible. This will help the hearer know exactly what you are presenting.

The second thing you should do is give the reference for your point. Where did your point come from? Did you read it in an article? Then cite the article. Did you read it in a book? People want to know that you have studied the subject. If you have a reference, clearly present it.

The third thing you should do is illustrate the point. Please tell how the point looks in real life. Give an example of that point. This helps the hearer understand the point.

The final thing you should do is apply the point. Here we get at relevance. The people will understand the point because you have applied it to their particular circumstances. When you illustrate the point, you are applying the point to humanity in general, when you are applying the point, you are showing how the point looks in the lives of the people you are directly addressing.

If you want to effectively turn an outline into a full scale speech. Take every one of your points and do all four of these things to each one. Then your speech will almost write itself.


Source by E. Simpson