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Before You Speak: Test Your Organization

You've focused, researched, outlined, written, polished, and you're ready to speak. Check your preparation against the following list of key characteristics of a well-organized speech:

A clear purpose.

A topic inherently interesting to the audience.

Strong, logical, and clear sequence of ideas.

Points presented in a consistent way that is easy to follow.

Speech is adapted to the attitude of the audience and to any special circumstances.

Transitions are clear, definite, and well thought out.

There isn't too much information, and what is there relates directly to your main points.

Plenty of support backs up your assertions.

Frequent summaries aid the audience and emphasize your main points.

The conclusion restates what it is you want your audience to know, do, or feel.

Once you have an outline you're comfortable with, it will be tempting to fill it in with as much information as possible to support your points. Avoiding that temptation is central to avoiding the next speaking fault, "too much information."


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