Informative Speech Outline Sample

Brian Carter, acupuncturist, herbalist, and author

Brian Carter

Informative Speech Outline Sample
by Brian Benjamin Carter, MS, LAc

Brian has been a public speaker for five years, and has been a guest on national radio shows, and is president of his local speaking club, Toastmasters of La Jolla. He teaches at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California, and is the author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.


If you're looking for an informative speech outline sample, you've come to the right place. You're getting that and so much more...

First, if this is the first page you've seen on about speaking, view our other speech writing and giving resources, including a bunch more pages on writing and giving an informative speech.

Below is my 8 step process for creating an informative speech. So far, we've gone through the first 3 steps. You might want to go back and start with an earlier page. I'll wait here for you. :-)

  1. List of example informative speech topics
  2. How to get an idea informative speech topic.
  3. Brainstorming (fleshing out) a good informative speech topic
  4. (THIS PAGE) An informative speech outline sample
  5. How to create your own informative speech outline
  6. How to write a informative speech
  7. The text of my free informative speech, and then finally...
  8. The audio mp3 of this example of informative speech along with full notes on why I performed it the way I did.

I think if you check out an informative speech outline sample first, then you'll know where we're headed.

The process I use is to expand first- that started with the brainstorming process, and continues in the outline. As you put everything into outline format, you may see some holes in the content you need to fill, or that you've left out some part your audience will need to understand another part. Get down as much info and ideas as you can, but make sure it stays organized. Later you'll consolidate it into a simpler format for speaking.

If you've never written an outline of any kind, the 1-8 process above is actually an outline for these webpages on creating an informative speech. You need to understand the basics of outlines first, so if you're not sure, try these links:

Ok, so take a look now at my informative speech outline sample (pdf) - click on the link and it opens another window, or right-click, Save As, and open it from wherever you save it.

You'll notice there are actually two outlines there. The long one came first, and then I created the short one to guide my speech. I'll talk more about using the outline to speak from when in the section with the audio mp3.

The next step is to create your own informative speech outline.


  • If you're nervous about giving your talk, or want to know more about
    • Getting the audience into it
    • Getting your points across
    • Not putting them to sleep, and
    • Feeling good about it after you're done giving it
    • ... then you need to listen to the audio example of informative speech and read my notes on the performance.

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