General Purpose: To Inform
Specific Speech Purpose: To provide my audience with information about MS and its life changing results.
1. Attention Getter: Imagine trying to take casual walk on a brisk autumn evening and not being able to feel your legs. This is one of the many symptoms that people with multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, deal with every day. 2. Thesis: Multiple sclerosis brings daily challenges to whomever struggles with it, but with the right team of doctors and medication, it can be maintained. 3. Motivation: My hope is that by the end of my talk tonight, you will have a better understanding of what MS is, how to identify and diagnose it and what treatment options are available for it. 4. Credibility: My Dad has endured the daily struggles of MS for the past 18 years. As his daughter, I myself have seen firsthand how hard it has been for him. 5. Preview of main points: Over the next few minutes I will first talk about what multiple sclerosis is, next what the symptoms are and how to diagnose it and finally what treatments are available. 6. The following data that I will report comes from the National MS Society, Medicalnewstoday.com, and myself. Transition for first point
1. Main point 1: Let us begin with my first point. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and unpredictable disease that attacks the central nervous, which includes the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, which means a person’s immune system is incorrectly attacking their healthy tissues. This happens in the same way that our immune system reacts to a virus or bacteria in our body. In 2007, it was reported that approximately 2.5 million people in the world have MS. Although much is being discovered about the disease, the cause still remains unknown. Many theories point to genetics, infections and environmental...