Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Speaking to Inform 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Write your questions down before the interview; keep them short. Bring paper and a pen to the interview. Take detailed, legible notes. Never tape-record an interview without getting the person's prior permission, preferably in writing. Be sure to clarify confusing points. Double-check important information. End the interview on time. You don't want to overstay your welcome. And say thank you! 70 Types of Support As you know, it's the details that convey your theme. Effective support includes quotations, illus- trations, analogies, and statistics. Each of these methods of support is covered in depth in Part 3, "Writing Your Speech." Leaving it Unsaid As the speech-writer and the speaker, you're in charge. You get to decide what goes into your speech, and what's out. What you don't decide to include can be just as important as what you do include. Use this checklist to help you decide what to leave out: Did I cut material that I can't verify? Did I cut out all extraneous details? Did I cut anything that I don't want the neighbors gossiping about or that might embarrass my friends and family? Did I cut anything that might embarrass me in the future?