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Demonstration Speech Outline

A demonstration speech outline is important when you're writing your presentation, as it helps you organize your thoughts in a logical way. A demonstration speech is a "how to" speech, in which the speaker demonstrates to the audience how to do a particular process or activity.

(If you haven't yet chosen the theme of your presentation, here are some great topic ideas to help you out.)

An outline for this type of speech is easy to prepare, since the body of the speech mainly consists of the steps of the process or activity you are demonstrating.

The outline should start with an introduction that explains to the audience the process you will be demonstrating.

Be sure to include any history or background that is interesting or helpful to the audience.

For example, if you were to demonstrate how to tie dye clothing, your introduction might touch on the history of tie dying, showing examples of the types of clothing and accessories that are suitable for the process and a few finished articles!

The body of a demonstration speech can be divided into several sections.

If you are demonstrating how to make a craft project, for example, you might have a section on materials, then one containing all the steps, and a final section on how to care for or display the finished product.

The sections would be the main points of your speech.

For example, if you were to write a demonstration speech outline for a speech about how to make a scrapbook, it might look something like this.


  1. How many of you have a box of old photographs? Or maybe a stack of newer ones that keep piling up? How would you like to create something with those photographs that will be fun to make and give people pleasure for years?

  2. Today I am going to show you some great ideas for preserving your old and new photographs by scrapbooking.

  3. Scrapbooking has been around for a long time, but lately it seems to have grown in popularity. This means there are lots of new and fun tools and materials on the market to make scrapbook even more of a pleasurable pastime!


1. Materials

  • Scrapbook
  • Kits
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesive
  • Stamps
  • Scissors

2. Scrapbooking steps

  • Select photos
  • Choose a theme
  • Design page
  • Attach photos, frames, ribbons etc.
  • Add stamps and labels

OR - use a purchased scrapbooking kit

OR - freestyle (a more haphazard style of scrapbooking with no 'rules')

3. Tips for preserving scrapbooks

  • Use lignin-free paper
  • Use acid free and color safe fabrics


  • Making scrapbooks is a great way to preserve your memories for yourself and others.
  • Scrapbooking is also fun and easy, so get yourself started and enjoy!

As you can see, the conclusion of a demonstration speech outline generally summarizes the speech and encourages the audience members to try it for themselves. If the demonstration was truly effective, the audience should be inspired and feel empowered to give it a try!

I hope that now you can see how easy it is to prepare a demonstration speech outline and feel ready and inspired to try one yourself!

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The general purpose of any speech will be either to Inform; Motivate/Persuade; or Entertain your audience. As soon as you know the general purpose of your speech you can develop your Specific Purpose Statement (What the speaker will accomplish). Your Specific Purpose Statement is used to develop your speech. You don't acutally say it in your speech.

Restrict your Specific Purpose to one idea only. In Speech 151 for the informative speech your general purpose is to inform. For an informative speech you will want to start your specific purpose statement with "I will inform my audience about...." A Specific Purpose Statement for an informative speech will be phrased much like the following statements. Click here for more examples of Specific Purposes, Central Ideas, and Main Points.

Informative speech specific purpose statements:

  • I will inform my audience about the two major forms of hula.
  • I will inform my audience about what lifegaurds do as part of their jobs.

When you have your specific purpose statement you are ready to compose your Thesis Statement/Central Idea (they are one in the same). This is the most important part of your speech. This is one sentence that encompasses the central idea of your speech.

Writing your thesis statement/central idea is a four step process:

  1. Choose your topic
  2. Determine your general purpose
  3. Write your specific purpose statement
  4. Tie it all together by composing a clear concise thesis statement/central idea
The following are effective Thesis Statements/Central Ideas for the informative specific purpose statements above:

"The two major forms of hula that have played an important role in Hawaiian history and have developed into unique dances are the Kahiko and 'Auana."

"Lifegaurding is a great way to spend your days on the beach, but the work includes training, teaching, and lots of practice making it more challenging than what you see on "Baywatch."

Your next step is to compose the main points of your speech. Main points are complete sentences that create a dialogue with your audience. With your main points you want to create questions in the mind of your audience. You will answer the question in your support of your main points. You make a claim in your main points and you support your claim in your subpoints, sub-subpoints, sub-sub-subpoints and so on.

The following are examples of Main points:

Specific Purpose: I will inform my audience about the two major forms of hula.

Central Idea: "The two major forms of hula that have played an important role in Hawaiian history and have developed into unique dances are the Kahiko and 'Auana."

  1. (Main Point 1) "The ancient hula or Kahiko is a unique form of hula."
  2. (Main Point 2) "The Kahiko plays an improtant role in the history of Hawaii."
  3. (Main Point 3) "The 'Auana or modern hula has played an important role in Hawaiian history."
  4. (Main Point 4) "The 'Auana has developed into a unique form of dance and storytelling."
Speech 151 students can find more examples of specific purpose statements and central ideas on pages of 240-251 of our text. You can also find examples of Main Points.