Date: October 9, 2012
Topic: Donating Blood
General Purpose: To Inform
Specific Purpose: By the end of my speech the audience will be able to remember
the steps in the journey of a unit of blood, from creation to
A. Attention Getter: Imagine you are driving down the road with your significant other, on the way to a romantic dinner. The two of you are enjoying a wonderful conversation about your future together, and all that you have planned. There is a traffic light coming up. You are ok to go through do you continue. However the vehicle to the right ignores his red light and comes right at your car, BAM! You blink and you are covered in blood and loosing quickly from a large injury resulting from the collision. Now you are in the hospital and you must receive a transfusion, or you face death. Thankfully your partner is able to donate for you. So much for that romantic dinner, right.
B. Connect To The Audience: Imagine that was you. For those of us in this classroom that have either donated, accompanied someone to donate blood, or maybe you have known someone who needed a transfusion but they could not get it because their loved ones blood type was incompatible, and a compatible match could not be found. That’s pretty scary considering that “blood” sustains our life. Today we will take a closer look at the value of this golden substance. “blood”.
C. Connect to self and Earth Charter: Section I number 2 letter “b” of the earth charter states that, “with increased knowledge comes increased responsibility to promote the common good.” As a nursing major, this section of the earth charter is very connected to me knowing that I am a part of a team that works together for the good of our people and that is saving a lives.
D. Preview: Today we will look at how blood is collected and donated, and what happens to it after...