Presentation outline example


Oral speech planning

By completing a presentation outline you are planning you speech: what exactly you are going to tell the audience step by step to make your public speaking successful. Thorough organization will help you to get prepared more carefully and present a speech in a structured fashion by delivering a logical consequence of statements without any confusing and awkward jumps between various aspects of the subject.

General structure of almost any types of oral and written forms of reports is following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body
  3. Conclusion

This is a skeleton that should be expanded with sub points and filled up with the information you would like to share. Introduction section is aiming at acquainting audience with the topic of the presentation and attracting public interest to it. Introductory part is actually the first impression you are producing with your work so its importance can hardly be underestimated. Think how you can inform, persuade, and entertain your audience while planning a speech.

In the body of your speech you are concisely and clearly bringing core messages of your work. You need to make sure the flow of your speech is fluent and you are smoothly moving from the one idea or claim to the next one. For these purposes using logical connectors and transitional expressions may be possible to establish logical connection in the body’s presentation of case.

Closing stage includes presenting a summary of results (or an overview of these results). It fulfills the following functions: outlining various implication and contributions of the study; gives the achievements and anticipated findings; announces the research importance by highlighting usefulness and relevance of the project. Authors also may specify here theoretical and practical implications and plans for the further investigations in this particular area.

Sometimes a presentation is followed by a time for audience to ask you some questions. The purpose of such comments is to check whether the report is sophisticated enough to stay the criticism and to uncover some issues missed in the presentation but interesting to the public. Oral presentation speech is your chance to promote and share new knowledge and discoveries within scientific communities, national and more importantly international.

Here is a possible example of the presentation outline:

Presentation Outline Example

  1. Introduction
    1. Presenting yourself and getting audience attention
    2. Theme of the presentation. Object and subject
    3. Background information.
    4. Aims and main tasks
    5. Topicality and Gap in the field of study
  2. Body
    1. Main point number one
      1. Evidences and facts to support point 1
      2. Analysis/ research made in this area
      3. Vivid examples to support point 1
      4. Summing up of the first main point
  3. Main point number two
    1. Evidences and facts to support point 2
    2. Analysis/ research made in this area
    3. Vivid examples to support point 2
    4. Summing up of the second main point
  4. Main point number tree
    1. Evidences and facts to support point 3
    2. Analysis/ research made in this area
    3. Vivid examples to support point 3
    4. Summing up of the third main point
  5. Conclusion
    1. Review of the results
    2. Achievements
    3. Importance

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