Dan Gookin introduces the concept of the outline and how thoughts are transformed into topics and organized to help start a project. Long ago, 3x5 cards were used to organize an outline. Today, software tools are available to outline, and Microsoft Word is the primary outline tool.
- What is an outline?…You're probably familiar with writing an outline…for a manuscript or project,…but an outline can be any set of organized information.…A meeting agenda is an outline.…A recipe is an outline.…A schedule is an outline.…Even listing items off on your fingers is a type of outline.…In each instance, the goal is the same.…You've arranged the data, organized it, sequenced it,…and worked with it to hone your key points…and help focus your message.…When these key points are all set,…you fill in the rest with text and talk,…pictures, a presentation, and so on.…
Because you've taken the effort…to organize the data into an outline,…your audience stays engaged.…That's effective communications in action,…and building an outline is the best way to get there.…Like all projects, an outline starts in your head.…It's a collection of thoughts, emotions, images, words,…all coming out in a frantic manner.…You have an idea of what you wanna communicate,…but you must express that idea to an audience…in a manner where they understand it as well as you do.…
- Identify the problem with making assumptions about an audience.
- Recall the characteristics of a topic.
- Define narrative text.
- Explain how to transform topics to keep the audience engaged.
- Describe the appearance of levels and subtopics in a PowerPoint slide.