Information Organization Strategies for Speech
Organizational tools appropriate for many speech and communication courses include flash cards, flow, charts, matrices, and compare-contrast organizers (D. Applegate, CAL).
Flash cards are useful for organizing communication terms and definitions, people and contributions, and lists of information. Examples are given below.
Processual information in speech and communication is easily organized using flow charts, such as the ones below for the parts of a speech and for Monroe's motivated sequence of organizing a persuasive argument.
Compare-contrast organizers, like the Venn diagram below, summarize the similarities and differences between two concepts, methodologies, theories, or people.
Matrices are useful for organizing information about people or theories in speech and communication. Matrices help you to see the relationship between different pieces of information.