Why Conclusions Matter

Read the introduction to chapter 11 and section 11.1. Inexperienced speakers frequently leave their audiences unimpressed because the speaker has put little effort into developing their conclusion. The three primary functions of a conclusion are to restate the thesis, review the main points, and use a memorable closing device. However, this resource doesn't mention two other important functions of a conclusion: signal to your audience that the speech is about to end and remind them of the topic's significance or their relationship to it. Answer the questions at the end of the section.