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Chapter Three. Preparing to Write > The speech writer's road map

The speech writer's road map

Once you have formulated a clear, specific statement of purpose for the speech, it's time to begin work on an outline. Making an out line is like planning a trip: You don't leave until you've mapped out your route. You know where you want to go, and maybe you have a general idea of how to get there. But until you plot your course on a map, you can't be certain of every road you'll have to take and every town you'll pass through along the way. The outline is the speechwriter's road map.

There's no set way to develop an outline, and it's probably a mistake to become too involved in the procedure itself. Use the method or format that works best for you. One way to begin is to make a list of the points you want to make in the speech. For a twenty- to thirty-minute speech, there could be as many as eighteen or twenty. The number really doesn't matter.


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