Public Speaking-Structure of a Presentation

It seems the majority of people are scared to almost a panic at the thought of having to stand and speak in front of strangers. I have attempted this and succeeded and been very entertaining. It all comes to a very basic principle, be ready.
This post is from my experience at giving presentations and teaching others how to properly present themselves as public speakers. If you follow this outline, practise, and have yourself ready to have fun you will succeed.
1) Introduction/Attention-Getter
Everything needs an introduction or no one will know what to expect will follow. Create your introduction by introducing yourself and thinking up an attention getter to get your audience to stop whatever they were doing and take notice of you.
2) Thesis Statement
Now tell the audience what you are going to talk about. Don’t go into much detail as you have the rest of your time to do that.
3) Credibility Statement.
Next you have to set up some credibility with the audience. Why should they listen to you as a speaker? What do you bring to the table?
Why is the subject important to them? Why is the topic you are presenting relevant?
What will your talk do for the audience? Is it a call to action,or are you trying to inform them with new information?
4) Main Points of the Speech.
Now briefly go over the main parts of your speech/presentation.
5) Transition Statement
This is the introduction to main speech, a lead in from introducing yourself and what you are there for, to the main part of your speech/presentation. It should be no more than a single sentence or two and could be as simple as “Now we begin.”
6) Main Speech.
Now you are giving the main speech.
What is the main idea? Is it a statement of fact or an opinion for action or change? What are the supporting points, your proof of fact or statement?
You should have at least three points of proof for every main point you introduce into the presentation to confirm the truth of your statement and to neutralize any points that may be brought up in argument against your point of view.
Follow this for the rest of the speech in describing the points that you are bringing forth.
7) Transition Statement
After you have given your main speech you now need a transition statement which is sort of an introduction to the ending. This could simply be “ and now we will end by”.
8) Ending
The ending of the presentation is simply you quickly telling the audience what the speech was about, and restating in a summary form what you just talked about.
9) Clincher Statement. a phrase or one-liner that reminds the audience of the main topic of your speech
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