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Career of A Professional Athlete

I. Attention Grabber (Gain audience’s attention and build interest in the topic. Do not start with simply announcing your topic.)
II. Audience and Speaker
A. Connect the topic to the Audience (Note: The order of these two elements can be reversed)
B. Connect the Topic to the Speaker
III. Thesis Statement/Central Idea (Topic Identification – the “Want” and “Why” of the speech. – This is one complete sentence that states the overall focus of the message.)
Preview Statement:
The “How” statement. (This is one sentence that identifies topic and all main points in the sequence of presentation. It should flow directly from the thesis statement without repeating thesis statement content. It is also the bridge between the Introduction and the Body of the Speech)
I. First Main Point – Write all main points as complete sentences (This is a thesis statement for the main point)
A. (Complete sentence) Write all sub-points as complete sentences (This is a thesis for the detailing of the sub-point)
a. (Sub-point detailing (1’s and beyond) may be abbreviated to key words)
a) Note: This section shows the placement of symbols. It does not mean that
b) you have to use all of the symbols or have that many levels of division.
B. (Complete sentence)
C. (Complete sentence)

Transition to 2nd main point (Write transitions as complete sentences. The transitions should be written AFTER the main point statements are written so the content of the transition does not weaken the point statement)
II. Second Main Point – Written as a complete sentence
A. (Complete sentence)
B. (Complete sentence)

Transition to 3rd main point (Complete sentence)

III.    Third Main Point –  Written as a complete sentence
    A.  (Complete sentence)
    B.  (Complete sentence)
    C.  (Complete sentence)

I. Summary Statement. (One sentence that reviews all main points in the order of presentation)
II. Message reinforcement (Reinforce connection to audience and thesis/central idea)

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