Outlines will be evaluated according to the following:
I. Attention Getter: GRAB your audience’s attention. Your attention getter is always first!
II. Thesis Statement: Reveal your topic to your audience–just your topic–not a preview. Open with your subject. For instance, “I’m going to talk about the amazing memory of elephants.” is not as strong as “Elephants have amazing memories.” Basically, the thesis statement is the one part of your speech where you want to avoid personal pronouns.
III. Relevance Statement: Tell your audience how your topic is relevant to them.
IV. Credibility: Answer the question “Why should we listen to YOU?” Give some type of factual information or some reference that will show that you know what you are talking about. This could be the fact that you had a class on the topic, or that you have done a lot of research, or that you have first hand experience with your topic, or you are an expert, etc.
V. Preview of main points: This is where you state the main points of your speech. For example, “The main points I will cover today are [then list main points in the order you will cover them]” The preview of main points is always the last part of your introduction before you transition to the body.
Connective to Body
Number each main point I, II, III etc then sub-points are A. 1. a. 1. etc.
Remember to include transitions between main points
Remember to introduce each main point with a complete declarative sentence that clearly states what the point will be covering
I. Repeat/Reiterate Thesis: Restate just as you stated in the introduction
II. Review Main Points: Review the main points you covered
III. Closing Remarks: Leave audience something to remember