Ceremonial Speech Outline Submission

An outline can be very helpful to a speaker.  It helps them keep on focus when they veer a little away from their original ideas.  It can also help an audience find their next thought if they “go blank”.  A speech should never be fully written out (except if you are ever giving a speech that is televised).  Outline should be simple phrases or short sentences that guide you when you need a little help.

For the Self Intro Speech and Ceremonial Speech, students will be asked to create fairly informal outlines.  For the Persuasive Speech, we will expand to create a formal outline with more detail and source citation.  However, don’t worry about this formal outline quite yet.  We will begin with an informal outline.  Below you will find the basic parts for your first outline and an example.

After creating your outline with Microsoft Word, PDF, or Open Office (.pages files will not be accepted), please submit your outline below to Turnitin.

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Parts Needed/Structure to follow for this outline (you can copy and paste this format into a Word document or save the attached Word Document to your computer):


  1. Attention Getter: This is where you engage the audience with a quote, humor, question, etc.
  2. Personal Connection/Audience Need to Know: Tell your audience how you are connected to your topic and why they are present

III. Thesis Statement: Tell your audience what the main concept of your speech will be about; topic and main points


  1. Main Point 1: First idea to describe

Support Material:  Stories, examples, facts, etc. that help you elaborate on your main point

  1. Main Point 2: Second idea to describe

Support Material: Stories, examples, facts, etc. that help you elaborate on your main point

III. Main Point 3: Some people will have a main point 3 and some will not…if you do, make sure to format like first two main points


  1. Summary: Tell your audience again what your main concept was for your speech
  2. Concluding Remarks: Leave the audience with something to remember and tie the idea of your topic to them and their lives


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