SPECIAL OCCASION SPEECH


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Content Guide: Speech Outline Template

Title: Your choice

General Purpose: Only two words: A verb for the official speech type. Ex: To Inform or To Persuade.

Specific Purpose: General Purpose + the topic of your speech.

Thematic Statement: Specific Purpose + each Main Point (subtopic) you will discuss. Your speech

must have a minimum of TWO Main Points.

(The area above is called the Above the Fold (ATF) material. You do not SAY any ATF material. Your speech begins when you introduce yourself in the Introduction).

I. Introduction: Greet your audience and tell them your name.

A. Attention: Provide a statement or question designed to spark audience interest.

B. Credibility Statement: Tell the audience why YOU are qualified to speak on this topic.

C. Thematic Statement: Specific Purpose + each Main Point you will discuss.

II. Body

A. Main Point: First Subtopic

1. Support material: Explanation, elaboration, of first subtopic

2. Support material: Explanation, elaboration, of first subtopic

3. Support material: Explanation, elaboration, of first subtopic

(Transition/signpost) Provide a sentence which expresses that the previous Main Point has ended and previews the upcoming Main Point.

B. Main Point: Second Subtopic

1. Support Material: Explanation, elaboration, of second subtopic

2. Support material: Explanation, elaboration, of second subtopic

3. Support material: Explanation, elaboration, of second subtopic

(Transition/signpost) Provide a sentence which expresses that the previous Main Point has ended and previews the upcoming Main Point.

C. Main Point: Follow the above format if this section is used

1.

2.

3.

III. Conclusion (Elements can be combined or reordered)

A. Signal end is near: Let the audience know the speech is almost over.

B. Review main points: State your Thematic Statement in the past tense.

C. Reinforce central idea: State your Specific Purpose in the past tense.

D. Close with impact: Express Gratitude to your audience.

Template Tips

1. Use only full sentences.

2. Use only one or two sentences per brick (bricks are the boldfaced template elements).

3. Type your full sentences EXACTLY as you plan to perform them. For example,

DO type:

A. Main Point: Today I will tell y’all about my favorite Thai restaurant in Houston.

DO NOT type:

B. Favorite Restaurant or B. Tell them about my favorite restaurant.

4. Say only what you have typed, not the bricks.

5. Proofread and rehearse your speech before recording it.

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