Outline for Public Speaking Essay

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The following outline for a six-minute informative speech illustrates the principles just discussed. The commentary explains the procedures used in organizing the speech and writing the outline. (Check with your teacher to see if she or he wants you to include a title with your outline.) Panic Attacks | COMMENTARY | Topic: Panic Attack | Stating your specific purpose and central idea as separate units before the text of the outline makes it easier to judge how well you have constructed the outline to achieve your purpose and to communicate your central idea. | Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the nature, extent, and symptoms of panic attacks.
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2. Half the people who suffer from panic attacks develop symptoms before the age of 24. | The transition indicates that the speaker is moving to her next main point. | (Transition: Given the severity of panic attacks, I'm sure you are wondering how they can be treated.) | This main point, like the first two, is stated as a full sentence.

Notice the pattern of subordination in this section. Subpoint B notes that cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the options for treating panic attacks. Sub-subpoint 1 identifies the kinds of techniques involved in this therapy. Because items a and b expand upon the techniques point, they are subordinated to it. | III. There are two major options for treating panic attacks. A. One option is medication. 1. Antidepressants are the most frequently prescribed medication for panic attacks. 2. They rearrange the brain's chemical levels so as to get rid of unwanted fear responses. B. Another option is cognitive-behavioral therapy. 3. This therapy involves techniques that help people with panic attacks gain control of their symptoms and feelings. a. Some techniques involve breathing exercises. b. Other techniques target thought patterns that can trigger panic attacks. 4. According to David Barlow, author of the Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy can

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