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Persuasive Speech Outline – Complete this outline in full and complete sentences.

General Purpose:            To Persuade

Specific Purpose:             What your audience gets out of the presentation

Central Idea:                      The thesis of the speech





GAIN ATTENTION: Identify the problem

Attention-Getter:            Give the audience a wow moment to draw them in.

Preview:                              What is the subject of the speech?

Relevance:                          Why is it important to your audience?

Credibility:                          Why should the audience listen to you?

Position Statement:        Your researched opinion on the topic and why it needs solving!


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NEED: Explanation of the problem

Statement:                         Identify the problem

Clarification:                       Give evidence of problem – Provide specific details

Illustration:                         Give TWO examples of how the problem relates to your audience


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SATISFACTION: Give the best solution to the problem

Statement:                         State the most viable solution

Explanation:                       In detail, explain the solution

Reasoning:                          Show reasoning behind the solution

History:                                                Give TWO examples of how solution worked in the past/elsewhere

Nod to other side:           Clarify TW0 objections your audience may be thinking


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VISUALIZATION: Implement either of these solutions

Positive:               Explain in detail, what it will look like with the problem solved

Negative:            Explain, in detail, what it will be if the problem is not solved


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ACTION: Specific instructions on how audience can help – Give two ways or examples.

Specific:               Help by doing this: give phone numbers, addresses, etc.

Specific:               Donate, sign petition, write congressperson, buy product etc.



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Review:                                Summarized your main points

Thesis:                  Restate your position on the topic

Call to Action:    Close with a memorable statement and call to action.





Provide a minimum of four references in APA format




Identify visual aids and incorporate into the outline above




Persuasive Speech Assignment: Outline & Presentation

  • Outline to be completed like the above template by Sunday by midnight
  • Persuasive topic of your choice to follow Monroe’s Motivational Sequence format
  • 6-minutes in duration
  • 4 credible references in APA format and cited in the speech
  • Visual Aid(s) to enhance the speech and incorporated at the appropriate time
  • Extemporaneous delivery
  • A minimum of two audience members required or presented to the professor in Keiser Live in Week 4
  • Submit this document in PART 1

Last Updated on January 24, 2018

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