Planning Your Speech
Topic, Type, and Purpose
Finding Speech Topics: Tips on selecting a speech topic. (5:34)
Narrowing a Speech Topic: Advice on how to narrow your speech topic. (2:00)
General and Specific Speech Purposes: Understand the difference between the general and specific purpose of your speech. (1:39)
Draw A Mind Map: Although most mind maps are simply words, students may enjoy the idea of drawing topics in a mind map exercise to generate speech topics.
Analyzing Your Audience: Tips for analyzing your audience and selecting your topic from a professional public speaker. (1:44)
Dr. So What’s Guide: Audience Analysis: How to conduct an audience analysis to guide your speech planning. (6:58)
Knowing Your Audience: Five steps to getting to know your audience before your speech. (4:41)
Understanding Speech Organization The lecturer first gives a general lecture about the benefits of organizing a speech and then highlights the different formats covered in the chapter.
Topical Order: It’s Part of the Whole: This article explains the topical speaking format structure with examples
Cause-and-Effect Order: It’s Relational : This lecture explains the meaning of cause and effect.
Understanding Speech Organization: The lecturer first gives a general lecture about the benefits of organizing a speech and then highlights the different formats covered in the chapter.
Main Ideas for Your Speech
Creating the Main Points of a Speech Outline: Tips form students on creating the main points of a speech outline. (1:15)
Using Transitional Statements in Public Speaking: Advice on using transitions effectively in your public speaking. (1:27)
25 Transitional Phrases That Will Make Your Next Speech Like butter: This post lists transitional phrases what will help your speech glide from point to point.
Introducing Your Speech: The lecturer explains how to succeed with an introduction.
Establish Topic Credibility: The speaker gives some tips on establishing credibility which is important to gain the audience’s trust and attention.
Get Your Audience’s Attention: Use Humor: This speaker tells how to being a speech with humor without telling a joke.
Concluding Your Speech : The speaker describes three effective ways to conclude a speech, followed by examples of closings from real speeches.
Restate the Central idea or Thesis: The speaker gives some tips on establishing credibility which is important to gain the audience’s trust and attention.
Achieve Closure: Since your closing determines whether you achieve the goal of your speech or not, this presentation presents an effective technique: The Dialogue Close
Visual Aids in Public Speaking: Tips for using visual aids effectively in public speaking. (22:41)
Purdue Owl: Visual Rhetoric: Consider the basics of visual rhetoric to enhance the effectiveness your presentation aids. (6:36)
The Most Effective Use of PowerPoint: A tutorial on using PowerPoint in your presentation. (4:04)
APA Formatting: Reference List Basics: Introduction to the basics of APA style citations. (3:18)
APA Reference Lists – A More Detailed Explanation: A detailed guide to APA reference style. (5:18)
MLA Formatting – List of Works Cited: An introduction to citing sources with MLA style. (8:17)
Oral Citations: How to orally cite sources as you present your speech. (2:30)