Planning a Speech

In order to be well prepared, a speaker should take some time to plan out his or her speech. Most speeches allow ample time for planning, except the impromptu speech. There are a few things to consider when planning a speech. Some of these were discussed earlier in this module, but are revisited here in more detail.

Steps for Planning a Speech

  1. Determine the Purpose
  2. Consider Your Audience
  3. Decide on the Main Idea
  4. Collect Data
  5. Plan the Outline

Take a look at the information below to learn more about planning a speech.


Like writing an essay, writing and preparing for a speech takes some thought. One helpful technique for planning a speech is to write an outline. Outlines provide an organizational structure to follow while a speaker writes his or her speech. Take a look at this sample outline. Here’s a more in-depth look at a speech outline.


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