SPCH 220 / B. Larson


Introductory Speech Exercise


Your first assignment is an Introductory Speech. A rough draft of your outline is due on ____________, and your final formal outline is due the day you speak. Be sure to have one copy for me and a separate Speaker’s outline for yourself. We will begin Introductory Speeches on  _______________.


Please consider the following:

I.                    How will you give the audience insight into yourself and who you are?  Which two or three things would you like to be remembered by or what is unique about you and/or your experiences?

II.                 The time limit is 1:30 – 2:30 minutes.

III.               What message does your posture, appearance, and eye contact send to your audience?

IV.              Are you aware of your audience’s verbal and non-verbal responses to your speech and how might you adapt/adjust your speech to these messages from your audience?

V.                 What visual aid or an “artifact” of your life can you include in your speech to really add interest?


You will need to include the following components:

General Topic (Subject):  You

General Purpose: To inform.

Specific Purpose/Thesis: To inform fellow students about yourself so they will remember you.   

Preview of the Body of Speech: Outlines the two or three main ideas or subtopics in the body of the speech, in the order in which they are addressed. For example, “I will tell you about my background, one of my hobbies and my career goals.”








SPCH 220 / B. Larson                                        Name:_____________________________


Rough Draft of Formal Outline for Introductory Speech


IntroductionRemember to greet the audience and tell them your name!

I.        Develop a strategy to get audience’s attention (i.e. a story, quote, visual, question, shocking statement, etc.). Describe here:


II.     Tell audience why you are credible – Are you an authority or worth listening to?


III.   Establish listener relevance to connect your topic with the audience and show how this topic is important or beneficial to audience.


IV.  State a Specific Purpose/Thesis, which will tell your audience why you are speaking to them and/or what the goal of your speech is.


V.     Preview the main ideas or sub-points of your speech.



I.        1st Subtopic:




II.     2nd Subtopic:




III.   3rd Subtopic:



Transition: Signals that your speech is coming to an end


I.        Thesis Restatement

II.     Main Point Summary:

III.   Clincher or Closing strategy to connect to audience, i.e. story, example, question or quote.