- Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.
- Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message.
- Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.
- Create a strong opening and conclusion.
These are basic rudimentary skills that you apply to every speech you will ever deliver, regardless of the duration of the speech.
Time: Five to seven minutes.
This speech project explores the basic concepts of arranging a speech around a set outline.
It pays to be organised in any endeavour you embark upon. Are you easily understood when you speak?
If your audience do not understand the point of your message, you may need to reassess the way you present it and how you are coming across to your audience. It is important to organise your ideas to help the understanding of your audience. This is what the second Toastmasters speech project is all about.
Transit with Care
Of the four objectives listed above, transiting seamlessly from one point to another seems to be the most challenging for speakers. Indeed most speakers have an introduction and conclusion, with supporting material arranged in some form of outline. But, there is often little in the way of transition phrases that link the speech together in a cohesive unit.