1. The attention step should get the audience’s attention as well as describe your goals and preview the speech.
2. The need step should provide a description of the problem as well as the consequences that may result if the problem goes unresolved. In this step, the speaker should also alert audience members to their role in mitigating the issue.
3. The satisfaction step is used to outline your solutions to the problems you have previously outlined as well as deal with any objections that may arise.
4. In the visualization step, audience members are asked to visualize what will happen if your solutions are implemented and what will happen if they do not come to fruition. Visualizations should be rich with detail.
5. The action appeal step should be used to make a direct appeal for action. In this step, you should describe precisely how the audience should react to your speech and how they should carry out these actions. As the final step, you should also offer a concluding comment. See Figure 16.1 to see this method of arrangement illustrated.
|Figure 16.1: Monroe's Motivated Sequence Sample Outline|
|I. Attention step|
A. When was the last time you saw a dog chained to a tree in a neighbor's yard, heard about a puppy mill in your town, or went into a pet store only to find dogs and cats for sale?
B. I work with the Morris County Animal Protection Group, and I would like to share some ways in which you can help prevent these travesties.
C. First, I will describe some of the major problems in Morris County, and then I will tell you how you can get involved.
|II. Need step: Many animals in Morris County are abused and neglected.|
A. There are too many stray animals that are neither spayed nor neutered, resulting in an overabundance of cats and dogs.
B. These animals often cannot find enough food to survive, and the local shelter cannot accommodate such high populations.
C. The cost of local spay/neuter programs is too high for our agency to handle.
|III. Satisfaction step: Raising $1 million for the Morris County Animal Protection Agency can effectively solve these problems.|
A. We could afford to spay or neuter most stray animals.
B. Obtained animals could be fed and accommodated until a home can be secured for them.
C. Additionally, we could subsidize spay/neuter costs for local citizens.
|IV. Visualization step: Imagine what we can do for our animals with this money.|
A. What will it be like if we can carry out these actions?
B. What will it be like if we cannot do these things?
|V. Action appeal step: Donate to the Morris County Animal Protection Agency.|
A. If you want to help protect the many struggling stray animals in Morris County, make a donation to our organization.
B. Your donation will make a real difference in the lives of our animals.
C. We cannot effect real change for the animals of our county without each and every one of you.
|Figure 16.2: Direct Method Pattern Sample Outline|
|Proposition: Vegetarianism offers many positive health benefits for people struggling with obesity.|
I. Vegetarianism often reduces the amount of processed food that one eats.
II. Vegetarianism promotes a sense of reflective consumption.
III. Vegetarianism decreases the likelihood that one will contract some diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.
|As you can see from this example, the statement of reasons that follows the proposition directly supports the central claim of the speech. Each reason offers another bit of evidence that vegetarianism is a good option for people struggling with obesity.|
History creates comprehensibility primarily by arranging facts meaningfully and only in a very limited sense by establishing strict causal connections. ~ Johan Huizinga
|Figure 16.3: Causal Pattern Sample Outline|
|Proposition: Macintosh computers make people more creative.|
I. Macintosh computers rely on a simple, intuitive interface and are sold through a marketing campaign that encourages users to "Think Different." (cause)
II. The simplicity of Macintosh computers allows people to be more creative since they are not spending their time figuring out how to use their computer. And these same consumers are socialized to "think differently" with their Macintosh computers from the moment they consider purchasing one. (effect)
|Figure 16.4: Sample Outline Refutation Pattern|
(Imagine that the speaker is giving the speech at a recycling convention.)
Proposition: Reusing products is better than recycling them.
|I. Although Thomas argued that recycling is the most important individual act of environmental stewardship, I would like to argue that reusing is an even better way to care for our environment. (signaling and stating)|
|II. Reusing has several advantages over recycling. (providing evidence)|
A. Reusing reduces consumption.
B. Reusing extends the life of a product before it needs to be recycled.
C. It is cheaper to reuse an item than to recycle it.
|III. Given these advantages, it is more useful for people to reuse items when possible than it is to recycle them.|
Neither irony nor sarcasm is argument. ~ Samuel Butler