The Art of Public Speaking - Chapter 9: Organizing the Body of the Speech Summary & Analysis

Stephen Lucas
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Organized speeches will serve the speaker and the audience better. Listeners demand a coherent presentation. If a speaker presents a jumbled message, the audience's attention is lost. Organization is close to critical thinking. By organizing, a speaker becomes completely familiar with the material. He or she begins to connect the dots between ideas. An organized message will please the audience and boost the speaker's confidence in delivering it. Organizing the body of the speech is easy when the main points of the address are identified.

The main points of the body of the speech are its central features. The purpose and central idea are stated before the main points. Then, the main points are derived from the central idea. These main points are sometime obvious from the stated purpose. A speaker might list the main points as steps...

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