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Chapter 13. Getting Organized > Another Look at Methods of Organization - Pg. 103

Getting Organized 103 Chronological ordering works like this: Begin your speech at a certain time or date and move forward or backward. For example, you can discuss the development of the computer from 1970 to the present, or trace the methods of making plastic from start to finish. Here's the career of a colorful president arranged chronologically, for example: Table 13-1. The Political Career of Lyndon Baines Johnson 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1937, elected to Congress as a supporter of FDR. 1948, elected to the Senate by a margin of 87 votes. 1953, elected Senate Democratic leader. 1960, lost presidential nomination to Kennedy; accepted vice-presidential spot. 1963, sworn in as president after Kennedy's assassination. 1964, elected president, defeating Barry Goldwater. I Feel Your Pain: Problem-Solution Order Sometimes, you'll want to first explain a problem with a specific situation and then offer a solution. For example, you might describe the problems with launching a new stock fund and then explain how your division can resolve these problems. Or, you might want to discuss declining blood re- serves and then convince your listeners that they should participate in the company's blood drive. Here's a sample outline using problem-solution order: Table 13-2. Declining University Enrollment Problems: 1. 2. 3. Fewer students in the region Declining enrollment Decreased revenue