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Sample Preparation Outline for Monroe s Motivated Sequence Pattern

II. The Need Step

You will be motivating your audience to an immediate action. Take a good look at this sample outline. The Motivated Sequence Pattern Outline is different from the Informative outline. Always Consider your audience--every step of the way. Use the Audience Centered Approach to public speaking.



Throughout the nation, throughout the world, people are having bad

days. 1.

In fact, 17.5 million Americans suffer from depression each

year. (Drexler)

The Following student’s outline is a sample outline that you may use as a guide as you prepare your Motivated Sequence Pattern preparation outline. You will want to include all the labels that you see in this outline. The Visual Framework here is what I will be looking for in your outlines. The Visual Framework is the use of Roman numerals, Letters (both upper and lower case) and Arabic numerals along with clean indentation and the use of all labels for all elements. Your use of connectives is up to you. I would suggest that you use internal previews and internal summaries where you feel that they are needed. Your objective is to put together a clear concise speech that is easy to follow, and the use of connectives is very important in doing this. Just because you don’t see internal previews and summaries here does not mean that you can’t or shouldn’t use them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Topic: Random Acts of Kindness Specific Purpose: To motivate my audience to partake in random acts of kindness.


  • 2.

    How many times have you heard about people in the news who were so distraught or depressed that they decided to go shoot a few people? The postal worker. The boy at his high school.

  • 3.

    And I'm sure all of you can recall having a bad day or feeling unhappy.

As College Students we tend to get wrapped up in the stress and deadlines of our everyday life.

  • 1.

    We forget to take the time to offer a compliments to others.

  • 2.

    We are often in too much of a hurry to stop and help

someone in need.

Central Idea:


Partaking in random acts of kindness can brighten someone's day, save someone's life, and even change the world.


When we are in need of help and can’t get it we may become unhappy.

  • I.

    The Attention Step

  • A.

    (Attention Getter/Relevancy Statement) Example of Mark walking home and dropping his books.... (Canfield, p. 35)

  • C.

    Unhappiness leads to more unhappiness.

    • 1.

      For instance, a teacher having a bad day might yell at a student.


Bill saved Mark's life ... with a small, random, seemingly unimportant act of kindness.


The Student may then go back to the dorm and yell at his/her roommate.

  • 2.

    So how many times have you stopped to help someone pick up the books they dropped? Or paused to thank a house- keeper for keeping your hall so clean? Asked to speak to the manager of a restaurant because you had a great waitress?

  • 3.

    If your answer is not often or never, you should consider participating in random acts of kindness.

  • B.

    (Credibility Statement) I have recently become interested in random acts of kindness and by reading several books on the subject, I have learned more about the impact these acts can have on people's lives.

  • C.

    (Preview) Random acts of kindness can brighten someone's day, save someone's life, maybe even change the world.

(Transition: So why do we need random acts of kindness?)



The roommate then yells at his/her friend. It's a chain reaction.


But there is a way to break a link in this chain. The smallest effort can stop this chain reaction in its tracks and even reverse it. And every one of you can do it.)

  • III.

    The Satisfaction Step

    • A.

      By partaking in random acts of kindness, you can change someone's day for the better, give someone a boost of confidence, possibly even save a life or eventually change the world.

  • 1.

    There are so many ways to be kind.

    • a.

      You could tell the next worker you see what a great job he/she's doing.

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