Sample Outline for a Persuasive Speech

SAMPLE OUTLINE FOR A PERSUASIVE SPEECH - By Tom Wingard
Introduction
Attention Are you getting a bit tired of that three inch spare tire around your waist?
Material Are you becoming increasingly lazy, fat?
Thesis/ I'd like to show you that we're all in need of exercise. Now is the time to get
Overview started so that we can enjoy the health and psychological benefits the rest of our lives.
Motivation I'm assuming that none of you will argue that exercise is harmful. You'll agree
that exercise is beneficial. However, I'm not so sure all of us are actually exercising. I'd like to tell
you, then, not how to exercise, but to persuade you to go out and get some exercise.
Transition (First, I'd like to tell you why I'm so concerned about our inactivity.)
Thought Pattern: PROBLEM-SOLUTION
Body
Problem: I. Lack of exercise is harmful to our health.
A. Cardiovascular disease, the nation's leading cause of death, is caused by inactivity.
1. Clogged arteries and veins are a result of inactivity. (example)
2. Excess fat also caused by inactivity leads to a higher incidence of heart
disease.
(explanation and example)
(Internal (Statistically, then, you will die at an earlier age if you do not exercise.)
summary)
Transition (Now some of you might be wondering why I'm preaching to a bunch of 20 year olds.)
B. College students are not as healthy as we are often lead to believe.
1. High school seniors are in better health than we are. (survey)
2. We are on the threshold of decline as our level of activity drops. (explanation)
C. This change is correlated with the changes in our lifestyles that occur between high
school and college.
1. Most of us have less time to run around because we are studying more.
(explanation)
2. Many of us have given up the sports we used to play competitively. (example)
3. Now that we're in college we have less motivation to exercise. (explanation)
Internal (The point here is that exercise for us must come from within. But,
summary statistically that hasn't been happening.)
Transition (This point becomes increasingly significant as we realize that this stage in our lives is a primary
force in determining our future behavior.)
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