Sample Outline Template For Persuasive Speech


Sample Outline for Persuasive Speech - COM 181
Specific Purpose:
To persuade my audience to start walking in order to improve their health.
Central Idea:
Regular walking can improve both your mental and physical health.
Method of Organization: Monroe's motivated sequence.
Let's be honest, we lead an easy life: automatic dishwashers, riding lawnmowers, T.V. remote controls,
automatic garage door openers, power screwdrivers, bread machines, electric pencil sharpeners, etc., etc. etc.
We live in a time-saving, energy-saving, convenient society. It's a wonderful life. Or is it? While today's
luxuries have been welcomed by the masses, they have also been accused of turning us into passive, lethargic
couch potatoes. As a reformed couch potato myself, I know how easy it can be to slip into an inactive
lifestyle. I also know how sluggish and apathetic such a lifestyle can make me feel. Today I want to urge
you to move off that couch and get your body moving. I want to persuade you to start walking.
Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle at the expense of their health.
Adults watch between 15 and 18 hours of TV a week. (statistic - Carey 82)
This means we spend approximately 40% of our leisure time in front of the TV.
(statistic - Carey 82)
Ironically, it is also reported that we really don't like many of the shows we watch.
(factual example - Carey 83)
An article in the March, 1994 issue of Walking reports that there is evidence that our
sedentary lifestyle is bad for our mental and emotional state of mind.
Studies today indicate that people are experiencing higher bouts of depression than
in the 18th and 19th century when work and life was considered more difficult.
(factual example - McAuliffe 43)
The article reports that 12.6% of Americans suffer from anxiety and another 9.5%
suffer from serious depression. (statistic - McAuliffe 42)
Our eating habits, combined with our lack of exercise is purported to be the "second leading
non-genetic contributor to death in the U.S." (factual example - Camenzind)
Nutritionist Phyllis Hall stated that we tend to eat foods that are high in fat, which
produce high levels of cholesterol in our blood, which in turns leads to plaque in our
arteries. (expert testimony - Hall)
While modifying our diet can certainly help us decrease our risk for heart disease,
studies have indicated that people who don't exercise are at an even greater risk for
heart disease. (factual example - Camenzind)


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