The previous article in the Speech Preparation Series described how to select your speech topic and your core message.
This article describes how to support your core message with a speech outline, and provides numerous examples. This is the second step in the six-step speech preparation process.
Writing an outline is, unfortunately, a step that many skip. The most common excuse is simply “No time.” This is unfortunate because time spent on an outline is time well spent. It is necessary to ensure that you craft a coherent and focussed presentation.