WEEK 7&12
(Informative & Persuasive Speeches)
(10% - 20 marks)

  1. Submit the outline during the presentation day.
  2. Type using font size 12, Times New Roman.
  3. This template is to be used for informative and persuasive speeches.

Content: 15 marks

Title (1/2 mark):
Specific purpose (1/2 mark):
Central idea (1/2 mark):


A. Attention getter (2 marks):
Transition to body of speech (1/2 mark):


A. Main-point (1/2 mark):
i. Supporting details (2 marks):
Transition (1/2 mark):

B. Main-point (1/2 mark):
i. Supporting details (2 marks):
Transition (1/2 mark):

C. Main-point (1/2 mark):
i. Supporting details ((2 marks):
Transition to conclusion (1/2 mark):


A. Summary of main points (1 mark):
B. Memorable final statement/Call for action (1 mark):


Topic : "Is Laughter Truly the Best Medicine? "
General Purpose : To Inform
Specific Purpose : To inform my audience three main reasons on how can laughter be the best medicine for human 
being - physical Health Benefits
Central Idea : Laughter help trigger the release of endorphins, protect us against heart attack, and relaxes our muscles.

(Attention getter) :
Background information of the topic: Laughter is a great thing, that's why we've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine." There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. Let's take a look on how can laughter be the best medicine.
Central Idea : What do laughter do? Laughter help trigger the release of endorphins, protect us against heart attack, and relaxes our muscles.

Transition (to body of speech) : Firstly, we are going to...


Main point 1 : Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkiller, and produces a general sense of well being
Supporting points :
i) Scientifically, endorphins are neurotransmitters that are generated in the brain with the aim of reducing pain.
ii) In the moment of uncontrollable laughter, you must have noticed that you hardly feel any pain, numbness prevails and that is simply due to the intensity of endorphin release.
iii) Not only that, according to the American Dietetic Association, by triggering the release of endorphins, laughter actually reduces stress and strengthens your immune system.
iv) So the next time when you feel stressed or pain, try out laughing to release endorphin and get instant relief without drugs.

sources: article
How to Naturally Replace Dopamine & Endorphins

Transition to Main Point 2: If we take a look at this slide …

Main point 2 : Laughter protects the heart.
Supporting points :
i) laughter may help prevent heart disease, it is found that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to
laugh in a variety of situations compared to people of the same age without heart disease.
ii) Researchers at the University of Maryland studied the effects on blood vessels when people were shown either comedies or dramas. After the screening, the blood vessels of the group who watched the comedy behaved normally — expanding and contracting easily. But the blood vessels in people who watched the drama tended to tense up, restricting blood flow.
iii) Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.
iv) By doing this, laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against
a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

sources: Laughter good for heart
Laughter is the Best Medicine

Transition to Main Point 3: Finally...

Main point 3 : Laughter relaxes our muscles
Supporting points :
i) A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
ii) Laughter is the best medicine for student who is always feels sleepy in classes. Laughter is a strong medicine for our body to prevent us from feel sleepy.This is because, we stretch muscles through our face and body, pulse and blood pressure go up, and if we breathe faster, it will help sending more oxygen to our tissues.
iii) Belly laughs result in muscle relaxation. While we laugh, the muscles that do not participate in the belly laugh relax. After we finish laughing those muscles involved in the laughter start to relax. So, the releasing action takes place in two stages.
iv) We use about 80 muscles to laugh with more pressure on abdominal muscles, which supports intestinal tract health. It would be, of course, ridiculous to say that laughter could replace fitness or would help us to develop strengths or stamina. But it would definitely increase training effect.
v) When we laugh, muscles contract and relax alternatively; it is like “workout” for facial muscles. In case you don’t know, facial muscles activity helps improve blood supply to the brain. It results in better mental capacity – fresh ideas and right decisions start popping in you head.

sources : informed opinion: On laughter
Laughter is the best medicine for student
Sex and Laughter Have Much in Common

Transition to conclusion : "So what have we looked at so far? We've seen how..."


Summary of main points : There are, of course, many other reasons on how laughter can be the best medicine, but these are three of the most important ones. So, remember, laughter can trigger your endorphine and save all your painkiller medicines. Even better, it can help you prevent heart attack. Last but not least, laughter can relax your muscles and make you stay healthy..

Call for action: Have you laughed lately? If not, get out of your serious self and loosen up. Laugh....................!!