17.6 Sample Persuasive Speech Outlines
Sample Outline: Persuasive Speech Using
By Janet Aguilar
Specific Purpose: To persuade my classmates to eliminate their Facebook
Introduction: There she was late into the night still wide awake starring at
her phone’s screen. In fact, she had to be at work early in the morning, but
scrolling through her Facebook account kept her awake. That girl was me
before I deactivated my Facebook account. I honestly could not tell you
how many hours I spent on Facebook. In the survey that I presented to you
all, one person admitted to spending “too much” time on Facebook. That
was me in the past, I spent too much time on Facebook. Time is precious
and once it is gone it does not return. So why do you spend precious time
on Facebook? Time that could be spent with family, resting, or just being
Thesis/Preview: Facebook users should eliminate their usage because
Facebook can negatively affect their relationships with others, their sleeping patterns and health, and their ability to focus on school work.
I. Family relationships can be affected by your Facebook usage.
Transition: We have discussed how Facebook usage can lead to poor relationships with people, next we will discuss how Facebook can affect your
sleep patterns and health.
II. Facebook usage can negatively affect your sleep patterns and health.
Transitions: Many of you have probably never though as Facebook as a
threat to your health, but we will now review how it can affect you as a
III. Facebook negatively affects students.
Conclusion: In conclusion, next time you log on to Facebook try deactivating your account for a few day and see the difference. You will soon see
how it can bring positive changes in your family relationships, will avoid
future health problems, will help you sleep better, and will improve your
school performance. Instead of communicating through Facebook try
visiting or calling your close friends. Deactivating my account truly helped
me, and I can assure you we all can survive without Facebook.
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Sample Outline: Persuasive Speech Using
Monroe’s Motivated Sequence Pattern
Speech to Actuate: Sponsoring a Child in Poverty
Specific Purpose: to actuate my audience to sponsor a child through an
agency such as Compassion International.
Introduction (Attention Step)
I. How much is $38? That answer depends on what you make, what you are spending it for, and what you get back for it. (Grabber)
II. $38 per month breaks down to a little more than $1.25 per day, which is probably what you spend on a snack or soda in the break room. For us, it’s not very much. (Rapport)
III. I found out that I can provide better health care, nutrition, and even education for a child in Africa, South America, or Asia for the $38 per month by sponsoring a child through Compassion International. (Credibility)
IV. If I can do it, maybe you can too: (Bridge)
Thesis: Through a minimal donation each month, you can make the life of
a child in the developing world much better.
Preview: In the next few minutes I would like to discuss the problem, the
work of organizations that offer child sponsorships, how research shows
they really do alleviate poverty, and what you can do to change the life of a
I. The problem is the continued existence and effects of poverty. (Need Step)
Transition: Although in all respects poverty is better in 2019 than it has
been in the past, poverty is still pervasive and needs to be addressed.
Fortunately, some great organizations have been addressing this for many
II. Some humanitarian organizations address poverty directly through child sponsorships. (Satisfaction Step)
Transition: Of course, any time we are donating money to an organization,
we want to be sure our money is being effectively and ethnically used.
III. This concern should be addressed in two ways: Is the money really helping, and are the organizations honest? (Continuation of Satisfaction Step)
is the fourth most effective strategy for addressing poverty, behind water purification, mosquito nets, and deworming treatments.
Transition: To this point I have spoke of global problems and big solutions.
Now I want to bring it down to real life with one example.
IV. I’d like to use my sponsored child, Ukwishaka in Rwanda, as an example of how you can. (Visualization Step)
Transition: We have looked at the problem of childhood poverty and how
reliable, stable nongovernmental organizations are addressing it through
child sponsorships. Where does that leave you?
V. I challenge you to sponsor a child like Ukwishaka. (Action Step)
I. In this speech, we have taken a look at the state of poverty for children on this planet, at organizations that are addressing it through
child sponsorships, at the effectiveness of these programs, and
what you can do.
II. My goal today was not to get an emotional response, but a realistically compassionate one.
III. You have probably heard this story before but it bears repeating. A
little girl was walking with her mother on the beach, and the sand
was covered with starfish. The little girl wanted to rescue them and
send them back to the ocean and kept throwing them in. “It won’t
matter, Honey,” said her mother. “You can’t get all of them back
in the ocean.” “But it will matter to the ones that I do throw back,”
the little girl answered.
IV. We can’t sponsor every child, but we can one, maybe even two. As
Forest Witcraft said, “What will matter in 100 years is that I made
a difference in the life of a child.” Will you make a difference?
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