Putting Your Speech in Order
How should you organize your main points? The way will depend on what the ideas are. If they follow a specific order in time, when chronological order makes sense. If there are causes and effects or problems and solutions, then the cause or problem will come before the effects or solutions. If you are talking about a space (like objects in a room or cities in a country), then going around in order is best. If one of those orders does not fit, then you can decide to start with your strongest points first and move to weaker ones or you can build up to your strongest points.
These ways are summarized below:
Chronological order - the time order in which events took place.
Cause-effect - show how your topic was the result of essential events.
Problem-solution- describe how the problem came about and then the solution to that problem
Spatial order - describe the physical setup of your topic
Order of importance – go from the least important information to the most important or from the most to least.
Remember that you should have at least three main ideas, but not more than five. Your supporting ideas and details must be directly related to your main message.