- What is important to know in this chapter for quizzes? (Use this to record your text notes. Be specific, clear and thorough for your own benefit.)
It is important to know that for any speech to be coherent and flawless there is a need for prior preparations. One of the major preparations for a good speech is the formulation of an outline. An outline helps the speaker to be able to logically organize their ideas and correct some of the weaknesses that might result from their thought pattern. In the formulation of an outline one has to create a title about what they are going to talk about (Gregory 237). The title should be followed by the purpose and central ideas that the speaker seeks to present to the audience. After the purpose of the speech the speaker should engage in the development of the body of the speech. This includes main ideas that will be used to support the central theme of the speech. While formulation arguments there is a need to make sure that the overarching theme is supported by sub-division which will act as the framework of explain the larger arguments. The outline should also consist of a conclusion, which sums up some of the major points that are going to be discussed in the speech (Gregory 225).
- What did you learn that you didn’t know before that can help you to become a better presenter or public speaker?
At first, I did not think that an outline had to follow a given trajectory. I was of the view that the outline should involve steps such as brainstorming which does not necessary follow any format. However, I now realize that there is need for an organized outline for the final speech to be logical and coherent. I would also like some explanation about the amount of detail that should be in the outline.
- What did you not understand or would like to have explained better?
I did not understand whether the structure of the outline should always follow the outlined arrangement in the chapter. I would like to know what should be the standard length of the outline or should it be as detailed as possible?
Gregory, Hamilton. Public speaking for college and career. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1990. Print.
Gregory, Hamilton. Public speaking for college and career. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008. Print.