Example Persuasive Speech
A. Attention-Getter: How many of you can actually remember the days when you had to
communicate via the phone or through letters, when you had to actually write checks and present them to
humans to get cash, or ha d to go to the library to do literally all of your research?
B. Link-to Audience: Most of us can 't imagine life without email, ATM machines, or the Internet
because we rely on these things everyday to make our lives easier.
C. Speaker Credibility: Besides being an avid user of each of these technologies, I have done
research on the pros and cons of Commuter Mediated Communication.
D. Thesi s Sentence: Today I'm here to convince you that computer mediated communication is just
as useful as face-to-face communication, and in some ways may even be better.
E. Pr evi ew of Sp e ech: First I want to talk about the ways that computer mediated communication
(CMC ) can help build strong in terpersonal relationships. Next, I'll address how CMC will positively affect
the work place, and finally, I'll discuss how CMC will make intergroup relationships in large- scale
organizations better as well.
Transition: Let's begin by ta lki ng about the way that the most common forms of CMC can help build strong
II. Main Point 1
Idea 1: Strong interpersonal relationships: Some people argue that email isn't a good form of
interpersonal communication because we don't see people's non-verbal cues, because the feedback isn't
instant, or because we may be less of an individual when typing.
Support 1. We are beginning to find ways to add expressiveness
b. writing non-verbal expressions
Support 2. We have unlimited interaction ov er the computer vs. limit ed interaction usin g the phone or
a. we are driven as humans to communicate
b. it may take longer with compute rs, but we will still learn as much about others
Support 3. With the Internet, it is much easier to find many friends with the same interests
a. web sites
b. chat rooms
Transition: Besides a great way to meet and visit with people interpersonally, CM C will bring positive
changes in the workplace.
III. Main Point 2
1. We will be more portable
2. We'll need less hierarchy
a. one person can communicate to many
b. communication flow will follow work flow
3. More contact among ranks
4. More efficient use of expertise
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