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What are the five basic patterns of organizing main points in a speech?

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I don’t know if there is definitive five patterns that work, however here are some that do:

Organizing Your Speech

A Formula

  • Tell them what you’re going to tell them
  • Tell them
  • Tell them what you’ve told them

Develop an Outline:


The Introduction.


The Body


Main ideas or points, making sure that each point is backed up by


Supporting material, such as statistics, quotations, or researched information

III. The Conclusion

Begin in the middle:

  • List key points
  • Arrange them in order
  • Expand upon these ideas

Develop an introduction.

Develop a close.

An alternative way of organizing your thoughts is to create a mindmap. Write random thoughts on a particular subject on a piece of paper. Identify relationships between concepts by joining them with lines. This is a non-lineal process of speech organization.

A final sure-fire formula for speech organization:

  • Past
  • Present
  • Future

Adapted from the Organizing Your Speech module part of the Better Speaker Series from Toastmasters International.


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