Free Organ Donation Informative Speech

We all know that organ donations save lives, but when it comes time to make the decision to become a donor, many feel ill-prepared to make an educated decision. Which is why organ donation is such an excellent topic for an informative speech—understanding the process is a crucial step towards being more comfortable with becoming a donor. 

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On this page, you will find a free downloadable example of an informative speech on organ donations, as well as a professionally written example outline. You’ll get:

  • Examples of attention-grabbing openers, potential talking points, and helpful tips for ending lines.
  • Inspirational YouTube videos to help you practice your delivery.
  • A bibliography of resources.

Speech Example

Organ Donation Informative Speech

Below, we’ve prepared an example speech on organ donations to help inspire you as you write. Studying a well-written example will help you understand how to structure your speech so as to both entertain and educate your audience. 

Number of words: 1200
Number of pages: 5
Type: Informative
Duration: 15 minutes
Style: Casual / Informal
Download: Organ Donation Informative Speech

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A detailed outline examples on the topic of organ donation is available below for those who want to write their speech from scratch.

Outline Example

In this section, you’ll find a ready-to-use outline for an informative speech on organ donations, with example introductory and concluding statements, as well as potential body paragraphs. Remember, while there is always more that can be said in an informative speech, you only have so much time. Make sure to focus in on an aspect of your subject and keep your talking points on topic! Here are some ways to approach the subject. 

Speech Characteristics

Topic: 

Topic 1# How organ donations are organized. 

Topic 2# Misconceptions around organ donation. 

Specific Purpose:

Topic 1# To inform the audience how organ donations work specifically in the United States.

Topic 2# To clear up myths the audience may believe about organ donation.

Central idea: 

Topic 1# Organ donations in the United States are routed through UNOS, which has rigorous standards for ensuring that appropriate organs are matched with appropriate recipients.

Topic 2# Many people mistakenly believe that they are not eligible to be organ donors, that undeserving people are receiving organs, and even believe there are certain dangers regarding being a donor, but this is untrue. 

Speech Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. Attention grabber – The opening lines are a crucial element of any speech, and they should immediately engage your audience. One way to make sure your audience is gripped from the outset is by sharing some interesting facts about your topic:
      • A single organ donor can save eight individual lives and improve the quality of life of 75 others through the donation of eyes, tissue, and organs.
      • In the United States, there are currently almost 106,000 people on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant.
      • Did you know that you don’t have to die to be an organ donor? You could provide someone in need with one of your kidneys, or a portion of one of your organs such as a lung, liver, pancreas, or intestine as a living donor.
      • Did you know that corneal transplants restore the sight of around 50,000 people each year?
    2. Significance – Explain to the audience why the information you’re presenting is significant. For example, you can say things like:
      • Becoming an organ donor can feel like a really scary decision if you don’t understand how the system works, so I want to make sure you’re informed.
      • There is a lot of misinformation about organ donation out there and it’s important to know what is and isn’t real.
      • Not everyone knows that living donation is possible, but it can save a lot of lives!
    3. Credibility – The audience needs to trust what you’re saying, so establishing credibility is essential. Tell the audience what makes you qualified to speak on the topic. You might even want to discuss your research methods. Here are a few examples of how you could establish your credibility in front of an audience:
      • Have you or someone close to you had your life saved or your quality of life improved by receiving a donated organ?
      • Have you or someone close to you donated their organs, either while alive or after death?
      • Are you or is someone close to you awaiting an organ transplant?
      • Are you a doctor, transplant surgeon, or other medical professional?
      • Are you a journalist or researcher writing about organ transplants?
      • Are you part of a volunteer group aiming to spread awareness on the topic of organ donation?
    4. Thesis – Your thesis statement introduces the specific focus of your speech. Unlike a persuasive speech, you’re not trying to argue a point. Instead, your thesis acts as a way of informing your audience of the scope of the information you’ll be sharing with them. If you’re having difficulty figuring out a good thesis, here are a few informative speech topics that can help you formulate your thesis and plan your research:
      • Today, we’ll be discussing how organ donations work in the United States.
      • There are many common misconceptions around organ donation that prevent people from agreeing to be donors.
    5. Preview – The preview is a roadmap of the main points you’ll be covering in your informative speech. Each of these points should fall under your main thesis. For example, you could say things like:
      • Over the course of this talk, I’ll talk to you about the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages organ donations in the US, how deceased and living organ donors are screened and chosen, and how organ recipients are selected.
      • Many people have a mistaken idea of who is and isn’t able to be an organ donor, how organ recipients are chosen, and even falsely believe that there are dangers involved with becoming an organ donor.
  2. Body

    The body of your informative speech takes the main points you laid out in the preview and supports them with facts. Make sure to provide at least two pieces of factual information for each point, though you can also provide more. You can cover as many points as you like, but remember that your time is limited! Make sure you leave time to fully explain each point.

    1. In the US, organ donations are managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing, often called UNOS for short, which is a private nonprofit under contract to the US government.
      1. UNOS is responsible for managing the national transplant waiting list. They work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to match donors to recipients when organs become available.
      2. Not only that, but they also maintain the database that tracks all the data for every transplant in the U.S.
      3. In addition to managing transplants, UNOS works as an advocate and education resource, and also works to develop policies that ensure equity in the allocation of organs, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle, or financial/social status.
    2. Many people mistakenly believe that there are genuine dangers involved with signing up to be an organ donor.
      1. Some believe that doctors will not work as hard to save your life if they know you are an organ donor. However, a doctor’s first priority is always to save the person in front of them. Organ donation is never discussed until death is declared, and there are rigorous standards for declaring brain death.
      2. Furthermore, the doctors who would be responsible for harvesting a donor’s organs after death are not the same ones as those who would be involved in that person’s care when they’re still alive.
      3. Another misconception that some people have is that their family would be charged for the donation of their organs. But rest assured, costs associated with recovering and processing organs for transplant will never be passed on to the donor’s family.
  3. Conclusion

    The last part of your persuasive speech is the conclusion. In this last section of your speech, you need to wrap up your speech while summarizing your arguments and your main thesis. The conclusion should contain three parts:

    1. Summary – Briefly remind the listeners of the arguments you’ve made and why they should agree with your position.
      • While the idea of organ donation can seem quite daunting, you can at least rest assured that UNOS’s maintains rigorous standards to ensure that organs are only harvested from appropriate donors and are matched with recipients in an equitable way.
      • Through misconceptions about organ donation eligibility, both on the part of the donor and the recipient, and even misleading myths about the dangers of donation, many people are being scared off from becoming donors. However, closer examination reveals that these stories are just that—fictions and nothing more.
    2. Memorable ending / Audience challenge – End your speech with a powerful closing thought or recommend a course of action.
      • I hope that having a better understanding of the system gives you more confidence in becoming an organ donor.
      • As you’re warming up to the idea of organ donation, let me turn up the heat a bit further and remind you that you don’t have to wait to become an organ donor. You could sign up to be a living donor today. It might be scary, but don’t dismiss it out of hand—it’s one of the biggest gifts you can give others.
    3. Thank the audience for listening.
      • Thank you for your time, and I hope you’ll join me in my quest of building a more compassionate, generous world, one organ donation at a time.
      • Thank you so much for listening.

Youtube Examples

Writing your speech is step one, but it’s a good idea to practice a few times before actually performing it! A well-delivered speech will always be more memorable for the audience than one read directly from a page. Below, you’ll find a list of examples of informative speeches about organ donation to help inspire your performance. 

This informative animation from the Health Resources and Services Administration explains the ins and outs of organ donations in the United States.

This Q&A style informative video answers commonly asked questions about organ donations through lighthearted animations.

This informative video from Seeker is aimed at clearing up misconceptions around what happens when you donate organs.

This speech from transplant surgeon and researcher Dr. Chris Barry is an exploration of the power of modern transplant surgery to touch people’s lives.

Works Cited

Fast Facts About Organ Donation

10 Myths About Organ Donation

Organ Donation Statistics | organdonor.gov

What is UNOS? | About United Network for Organ Sharing

Cite this article as: Jim Peterson, "Free Organ Donation Informative Speech," in My Speech Class, April 28, 2022, https://www.myspeechclass.com/examples/organ-donations-informative.html.