Speakers use outlining as a tool to help them organize their thoughts and see how ideas relate to one another in a speech. This module will help you create an outline for your upcoming speech assignment. Before we continue, there are four rules for outlining that we should review:

.Rule 1: Standard Symbols and Structure
Standard symbols and structure for a speech outline are:

I. Main Point (Roman numeral)
A. Sub-point (Capital letter)
1. Sub-sub-point (Standard numbers)
a. Sub-sub-sub-point (lowercase letter)