Some people use the “tell it” structure with an opening, body, conclusion. But they convey different messages than a story:
• Introduction, tell the audience what you are going to talk to them about
• Body, you tell them what you want them to know
• Conclusion, you tell them what you have already told them.
This type of structure helps to reinforce your message; however, it is very repetitious, and you can lose your audience with it.
Another possible structure is:
• Opening, which starts with an attention getter that links to your topic; a preview of the topic; and a one sentence statement of your thesis
• Body, identify two to five statements you want to make to support your thesis statement and then give two to five points in support of those statements; organize your main statements and points in a logical order
• Conclusion, give a review of your points, conclude with a restatement of your thesis, and close your presentation
Another possible structure is that of a story: they set up a conflict that needs resolution and then gives that resolution. They use the three-part story structure:
• Beginning, what it is like now and what it could be like – your vision
• Middle, more of what is and what good be, going back and forth between the baselines and your vision
• End, a powerful call to action and new baseline