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Body of the Speech
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The body of your speech can be organized in a number of ways, depending on your topic. Suggested organization patterns are:

  • Chronological: provides the order of events in time.
  • Spatial: gives an overview of physical arrangement or design.
  • Topical: presents information one subject at a time.
  • Causal: shows cause and effect pattern.

The speech pattern above is topical. The body is divided into sections that address different people (different topics).

Speeches typically include three sections (topics) in the body. This speech would continue to contain a third section about Susie King Taylor.

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