COM 201 Informative speech

COM 201 Informative speech

Outline for a speech

Title of your speech


Date of presentation


Capture your audience’s attention with a quote, anecdote, or personal experience

Build up to your case or the main reason for your speech

Summarize the main idea of your speech. Quickly state your three main points

First Main Point

Second Main Point

Third Main Point

First Main Point: Working with outline numbered text in Microsoft Word

You can move an outline numbered item to the appropriate numbering level

On the Formatting toolbar:

To demote the item to a lower numbering level

click a list number

click Increase Indent.

To promote the item to a higher numbering level

click a list number

click Decrease Indent.

You can use this procedure to help you plan your speech and organize your thoughts.

Second Main Point: Creating a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation from a Word outline

About creating a PowerPoint presentation from a Word Outline

PowerPoint uses the heading styles in your Word document

Heading styles are applied when you use numbered outlines

Heading styles are already turned on for you in this template.

For example, each paragraph formatted with the Heading 1 style becomes the title of a new slide, each Heading 2 becomes the first level of text, and so on.


Open the document you want to use to create a PowerPoint presentation.

On the File menu, point to Send To, and then click Microsoft PowerPoint.

This procedure makes it easy for you to create a PowerPoint presentation based on the notes you’ve prepared for your speech in Word.

Main Point 3: Creating an outline from an existing document allows you to build on work you’ve already done

If you use heading styles to create longer documents, you can see a document’s organization in Outline view, and use it to prepare your speech.

To learn more about Outline view, see Microsoft Word Help.


Restate your three main points

First Main Point

Second Main Point

Third Main Point

Summarize the ideas you’ve presented

Return to your introduction or conclude with a compelling remark

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