Speech Outline Example (Informative or Persuasive)

There are many steps involved in writing an informative speech and some of the steps can be very difficult. The first step is, of course, finding an informative speech topic. The hard way is to choose a category, and to narrow it down to a manageable topic. The easy way is to pick from our list of informative speech topics or from a page with fresh ideas from our visitors.

The next step is to gather the information for your speech, and to create a well organized outline to help you present your speech. Organizing the information you carefully collected into a useable outline takes some knowledge and practice.

Before You Begin

The first part of the outline helps you focus your thinking and planning efforts. Write down your topic, the purpose and specific purpose of your speech. These three are essential for your planning and helps you stay focused on the topic in order to be informative for your audience.

The Introduction

The introduction is comprised of four components: attention-getter, revealing/relating the topic to the audience, credibility, and a preview of the topic. The introduction is where you will reach or lose your audience so make sure the audience can relate to the informational topic and connect with you.

Body of the Speech

The body is comprised of key points and supporting details. Depending on the specifics of the topic, there may be several points that are necessary. Each point will then have at least two or three points which will help support the main idea and give credence to the statements being made. There is no hard rule on how many supporting details are needed for each point. Supporting details may include examples, specific data, or facts which sustain the truth of the point.

Concluding Statements

The conclusion is a where you summarize all of your primary points. This will recap the main ideas that you shared with the audience and bring it all together for a closing.

Outline Example

Your Name:
Class Time:
General Purpose:
Specific Purpose:
Thesis Statement:

Speech Title


The most important part of a speech is getting the audience’s attention from the very beginning, otherwise the rest of your points will not be heard. The opening statement of your speech must be strong and concise.

Credibility Statement:
List your credibility on the topic you are speaking on


I. First Main Point (full sentences for main points)

A. First Sub-Point (can be a short phrase, at least one sub-point for each main point)

1. First Supporting Point (can be a short phrase, at least on supporting point for each sub-point)

B. Second Sub-Point

1. First Supporting Point

II. Second Main Point

A. Second Sub-Point

1. First Supporting Point

And so forth…..


Closing with Impact (informative):
Call to Action (persuasive):
The first part of the call to action should be restating your main idea and giving a summary of all of your points previously made. An exact reaction or action that you would like from the audience should then be given. Next, a way to execute the reactions or attitudes that you want should be told to the audience. Be sure to add strong and captivating concluding statement to end your speech.