First Transition

for more info, read pages 295-298 of DOS handout

 

         comes after the introduction (the hook)

         provides link or bridge between intro & body

         prepares listener to understand speaker's message

 

 

Make-up of the First Transition:

 

 

 

 

thesis statement

main idea of speech; clear statement of topic

 

 

 

 

definition

clarify what you mean, define any terms used in your thesis statement so audience is on the same wave length with you

 

 

 

 

background

gives audience needed info before you begin your speech

 

 

consists of one of the three:

 

 

  • history of topic
  • current status of topic
  • philosophical stance or position you're taking

 

 

 

 

motivational device

why audience should listen

 

 

 

 

preview

list (in order) of the points in your speech