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Unformatted text preview: Specific speech purpose- A refined statement of purpose that zeroes in more closely than the general purpose on the goal of the speech. See also general speech purpose. Thesis statement- The theme, or central idea, of speech that serves to connect all the parts of the speech. The main points, the supporting material, and the conclusion all relate to the thesis. Topic map-A brainstorming technique in which you lay out the words in diagram form to show categorical relationships among them; it is useful for selecting and narrowing a speech topic. Word association-A brainstorming technique in which you write down ideas as they occur to you, beginning with a single word, in order to generate and narrow speech topics....
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- Summer '08