Informative Speech outline template
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INFORMATIVE SPEECH OUTLINE FORMAT
Topic: Title that suggests the topic of your speech
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: Your specific purpose identifies the information you want to
communicate in the mode you have chosen.
Thesis: The central idea of your speech.
A. Attention Getter: Something that grabs the attention of the audience.
Examples of this: startling statistics, stories,
rhetorical questions, quotations, scenarios, etc. This
point should be more than one sentence long.
B. Reason to Listen: Why should the audience listen to your speech?
Make it personal to each of them.
C. Thesis Statement: Exact same statement as above.
D. Credibility Statement:
1. What personally connects you to this topic?
2. What type of research have you done to establish credibility?
E. Preview of Main Points: (this preview should reinforce the mode you have selected)
1. First, I will describe …
2. Second, I will examine …
3. Third, I will discuss…
II. Restate thesis, exact statement as above.
A. Statement of the first main point; you should not use a source in this sentence.
1. Idea of development or support for the first main point
a. Support material (ex: statistics, quotation, etc.- cite source)
b. Support material (ex:
References: Ballard, R. (1988). Exploring the Titanic. Toronto, Ontario: Madison Press Books. Kramer, P. (1998). Women first: ‘Titanic’ (1997), action adventure films and Hollywood’s female audience Lord, W. (1955). A night to remember. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company. Lynch, D. (1992). Titanic: An illustrated history. New York, New York: Hyperion. Marsh, E. (1997). James Cameron’s Titanic. New York, New York: Harper Perennial. Thresh, P. (1992). Titanic: The truth behind the disaster. New York, New York: Crescent Books. Tibbals, G. (1997). The Titanic: The extraordinary story of the “unsinkable” ship.