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Tip 37 Use the Best Recipe to Organize Your Points

After you have brainstormed the evidence you want to use in your speech, you need to present these specifics in an organized fashion. A handy recipe for organizing a speech is the BEST formula: Bottom Line, Evidence, Summary, Transition.

B=Bottom Line

To open each section of your speech, state in 25 words or less the point you wish to make in that section. Use a signpost phrase like “My next point is…” or “Point #3 of my presentation is…”; this gives the audience a clear sense of where you are in your talk. Motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia provides a wonderful example of a signpost and bottom line: to open a three-minute segment of one of his presentations, he says, “Another thing we have [his signpost] in America is what I call ‘age-ism’—we’re too concerned about age. It’s almost sick; in fact it is sick [his bottom line].” The audience now knows clearly the point he is about to support.


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