No matter what kind of introductory speech you are assigned, be sure to focus your presentation
sharply so it conforms to the assigned time limit. One of the most common mistakes students
make on their first speech is trying to cover too much.
It would be
SAMPLE SPEAKING OUTLINE WITH COMMENTARY
Below is a sample speaking outline for a six-minute informative talk
about service dogs. By comparing it with the preparation outline for the
same speech on pages 211213, you can see how a detailed preparation
Keep thinking those thoughts, he said
roughly, and youll be late again.
I looked at him with raised brows How
did you know what Im thinking?
You get this look on your face when
youre turned on. I intend to put that look
on your face as often as
Tracey, in a funny sort of voiceI almost didnt recognize itshouting at her
father to let me in, and Louie nodded and let me pass, but walked the other way,
straight out of the door and along the corridor. I watched him hurry down the stairs,
across the la
But where did you hear this?
He struggled to gain control of his face.
Sometimes girls say they will marry someone and they do not. Its common. There was a
policeman . . . He trailed off.
Im sorry, Lamin. I know how you feel about her.
Theyre shooting ordinary French people for nothing? she said.
Dont look so pale, Mademoiselle. These warnings are not for beautiful women such as
Isabelle glared at the man. He was worse than the Germans, a Frenchman doing this to his own
silence. The raised eyebrows. The wrinkled noses. When he finally did catch the womans scent, it was
almost too late. She hovered over him, stalking her prey from behind an elephantine man dressed from
head to toe in basketball gear and reading a sports m
the sort. And then something convinced him to pick up a camera, and we had already been quarreling, and I had to
insist, No, William, this is not art. Your gift comes with certain responsibilities So he found other representation for
the photographs. I ma
in his distress, he had the presence of mind to understand that he was responding less to the images themselves than to the
memories and sensations they provoked, and that his sense of violation that other people should be seeing these
documentations of t