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Barry Preston

Sample Informative Speech -- Personal Experience

Topic: My Trip to Acapulco
SP: To Inform the audience about my trip to Acapulco.
Thesis: When I went to Acapulco I saw an incredible hotel suicide, and took a crazy parasailing ride around Acapulco Bay. (forms the two body points)

***<Start Speech here...> Introduction (attention getting/connect w/audience) Strategy: Rhetorical Question:

Hola, como estan hoy??? Que bueno! How many of you like tropical vacations??? If the answer is yes, you should check out beautiful Acapulco, on the Pacific Ocean in Mexico.
**SP: Today I will inform you about my trip to Acapulco.
**Thesis: When I went to Acapulco I saw an incredible hotel suicide, and took a crazy parasailing ride around Acapulco Bay.

Body: <organized Topically>

I. The Hotel Suicide
        A. Man dives from 7th floor balcony into 3 foot swimming pool.
                    1. After breakfast I discovered the bleeding body.
                            a. Ears were bleeding.
                            b. Man was still alive.
                    2. We comforted him with my jacket.
        B. The hotel had no one to help him.
        C. An hour passed before emergency crews arrived.

II. Parasailing Adventure
        A. Old equipment
                    1. Canvas Material
                    2. Didn’t fit
                    3. Instructions in Spanish
        B. The tragic downturn
                    1. Heard many whistles
                    2. Landed in Acapulco Bay where many sharks lurk!
                    3. Dragged me out of water using bad spanish words.

Conclusion: Strategy: Quote: <write out> All in all “Peor es chile con agua lejos” which means, “things could have been worse”. I had an incredible time on my trip which ended a great summer in Mexico!

***Outline should follow this format. Remember, you don't have to do a trip/vacation speech, it just has to be a experience personal to you. Unique topics are always good!!!