HOW TO MAKE AN OUTLINE
If you are opportune to give a presentation, speech or a talk, its a great privilege for you may get it all wrong by writing out all they are to say beginning with the introduction through to the conclusion, they labour, they labour by writing out every bit of expression to be made , and a whole lot of drafts may have been made before it’s completion, which is time-consuming and humanly stressful to the speaker.
How do you prepare your talks?
How is a talk supposed to be prepared?
Is there an easier way to prepare a talk?
What exactly am I gonna tell people?
All you need is an outline, if you learn to prepare an outline, there would be no need to labor yourself writing out everything. You will have more time to practice how your delivery will be, making your talk easier to give and interesting to listen to and it reaches the heart of your audience sequentially, in a matured way or manner.
A topic, subject or theme may be what you are given with no reference, i.e you search out your materials and develop your talk yourself. Stones you may be asked to cover a specific area of the topic of the subject or a few instructions on how to go about it. All you need to do is prepare your outline.
How to prepare an outline in a sequential Way:
In preparing an outline, most times there are some words that are should be your main points to the outline which should be written boldly in a CAPITAL LETTERS. Just below the points o0f the minutes, never forget to pick out or write out some additional points that support it, it could be just three or more points supporting the main point.
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Carefully indent the additional points even if they are written in small letters. While you list the additional points, write reference materials you may likely duel on while giving the talk, a short note on its main points will help you remember what it has in it.
Outline – Analyze, Select and Organise
A theme is what you need first. This may not necessarily be a single word, but rather a central idea that needs to be conveyed including the angle from which you plan to discuss the subject, which will end up being a plus to your position.
If you are given a theme, analyze each main word carefully. If it is to be developed based on a published material, study the material with the theme in mind, if it is a subject, then you can choose the theme. If possible do some research on the subject to find a suitable theme. An open mind with regards to the topic will give the avenue to new ideas on the subject.
why is this material important to my audience?
What is my objective?
Your objective should not be to cover the material, neither should it be to impress the audience of how good you are at giving talks, but to accomplish something for them at the end.
After you have gotten your objective and a consistent theme with it, do more research, one which will be of particular value to your Audience, be specific, informative and helpful in your delivery. Try to be selective in your research as you may begin to have more materials than you can use.
Identify main points to be discussed, there is needed to develop your theme by achieving your objective. Do not have a long list of main points; how many main points should be there? For a short discussion, two points and usually five for an hour-long discourse. Why? The fewer the main points the more likely your audience will remember them.
Organize your Material
Decide and select what directly relates to your main points, details that will add freshness to your presentation, when choosing quotations to support the main points, note ideas that will help you to reason on those quote’s meanings fully. Put them under the main points to which it belongs. When you are organizing your material, make sure that your word of the organization is never gonna be a word os regret, or words of the downgrade in any way at all, so that they will not discard all that you are about to say before you end up what you have in the material. If there is information that does not fit into the main point, discard it – even if it is very interesting – save it I a file for subsequent use. Try reducing your material by keeping only the best instead of covering too much, as it will make you tend to speak too fast, resulting in a shallow coverage. A few strong points of real value goes a long way in reaching the heart of your audience.
Before now, your materials should be arranged in logical sequence or order of which to come first and Next depending on what is most effective to get to your objective, possibly according to cause and effect or problem and solution. Lead your listeners from one thought to another to logical conclusions. Think about how your presentation will sound to your audience. Will they readily follow your line of thought? Will they be moved to act on what they hear in harmony with the objective you have in mind?
INTRODUCTION AND CONCLUSION
Prepare an interest arousing introduction, that shows your audience that what you are going to discuss is of real value to them. Introduce a word of bonus if at all they have been doing good in some extents or areas. A few sentences to that effect will be helpful. Finally, plan a motivating conclusion consistent with your objective.
REFINE AND REVIEW YOUR TALKS
If you work out your outline early enough you will have time to refine it before you deliver the talk. There may need to support some ideas with a few statistics, an illustration or experience. Current event or that of local interest may help your audience see the relevance of the material. Always try as much as possible to make sure that there are no insulting or embarrassing words in your talks review, which might end up making all that you have prepared for the congregation look so awkward and disappointing. Also, in your review, you must remember to be motivated in the sense that you will encourage the boards who has been working with you in a courageous way, with a courageous word, and also in a courageous manner. In reviewing you may see more opportunities to adapt the information to your audience. Refining shape your material into an effective talk.
SOME OTHER METHODS ON HOW TO PREPARE AN OUTLINE
Determine why your subject is important to your audience and what your objective is.
Select a theme; if one is assigned, analyze it.
Gather informative helpful material
Identify your main points
Organize your material, keep only the best.
Prepare an interest -arousing introduction
Plan a motivating conclusion
Review your talk, refine it.
Never forget to use a strategy that will make them active and happy at the end of the meeting.