INFORMATIVE SPEECH SAMPLE OUTLINE FORMAT 2-4 minutes
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. Credibility Statement:
1. What personally connects you to this topic?
2. What type of research have you done to establish credibility?
D. Thesis & Preview of Main Points: (this preview should reinforce the mode you have selected)
I. Thesis: ______________________________________________________________________
1. First, I will describe …