Public Speaking Class
Persuasive Speech Outline
Topic: Organ Donation
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to donate their organs and tissues when they die and to act upon their decision to donate. Thesis Statement: The need is constantly growing for organ donors and it is very simple to be an organ donor when you die. I. INTRODUCTION
A. Attention material/Credibility Material: How do you feel when you have to wait for something you really, really want? What if it was something you couldn’t live without? Well, my cousin was five years old when he found out he needed a new kidney. He went on the organ waiting list right away. He was called twice during a six month span that they had a kidney available only to find out that the kidney wasn’t a good match. He had to wait again. The third time was a charm. A small adult was in an accident and his kidney was a good match. This story had a happy ending but so many do not. B. Tie to the audience: One of the people on the waiting list for an organ transplant might be someone you know. C. Thesis and Preview: Today I’d like to talk to you about the need for organ donors in our area, how you can become an organ donor after you die, and finally, how your family and organ donor recipients benefit from your donation. [Transition into body of speech]: I’ll begin by telling you about the need for organ donors. II. BODY
A. People around the world but also right here in Colorado, need organ transplants and they need our help. 1. The problem is that there is a lack of organs and organ donors who make organ transplantation possible. a. The needs are many organs and tissues such as the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, and blood vessels (Colorado Organization undated brochure). b. A new name is added to the national waiting list every 16 minutes. That means that 11 people will be added to the list during the time we are in class today. 1) The problem is that...