Common Sense Informative Speech Outline General Purpose: To Inform Specific Purpose: At the end of my presentation, my audience will understand the importance of common sense, how little it’s being used, and how it affects us. Introduction I. Attention Getter-(ask a question) What is common sense? Common sense is good sense and sound judgment derived from experience rather than study. ______________________________________________________ II.

Audience Relation-You can use common sense when you decide to choose the good over the bad or in any case where you are doing the reasonable thing and not the dunderhead things that most of the people do. __________________________________________________________________ III. Central Idea-Common sense (or better referred to as reasoned sense because it’s not common and it’s based on reasonable perspectives with a better understanding of an issue by studying it according to Jim Taylor, Ph. D. pecialist on human performances) is very important because it can help us to solve problems, but it’s rare that anyone uses it. _________________________________________________________________ IV. Preview-Today I’m going to talk about the importance of common sense and its secrets. ___________________________________________________________________ Transition-A super power that everyone has but almost nobody uses is common sense and these are the facts…_____________________________________________________________________

Body I. 1st main point-Information about common sense. _______________________________________________________________ A. Support-Common sense is good sound judgment based on experience rather than study and people with common sense are seen as reasonable, reliable, and practical. _________________________________________________________________ B. Support-Common sense is one of the most revered qualities in America and people who don’t use it are considered stupid, ill informed, and poor decision makers. ________________________________________________________________ Transition-Yet, there is a better form of common sense. _____________________________________________________________________ I. 2nd main point-A more accurate, helpful, and better version of common sense is? ______________________________________________________________________ A. Support-Reasoned sense is good sound judgment derived from rigorous study of an issue, also with the experience of past tense using reasonable ideas. _________________________________________________________________

B. Support-Reasoned sense is a more advanced form of common sense (if you can call it that) than offers more accurate sound judgments by study of an issue and is better to act with reasoned sense for better problem solving. _________________________________________________________________ Transition-But there are ways that we are prevented from using common sense because of the fact that we are only human and nothing can change that. _______________________________________________________________________ I. rd main point-What prevents us from utilizing common sense? ______________________________________________________________________ A. Support-According to Dr. Jim Taylor, cognitive biases are barriers that prevents us from using common sense and cause to engage in distorted, imprecise, and incomplete way of thinking resulting in “perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgments, and illogical interpretations”, also known as poor and sometimes catastrophic decisions. _________________________________________________________________

B. Support-Based on Dr. Jim Taylor’s article, types of cognitive biases are The Bandwagon Effect, The Causation Bias, The Overconfidence Effect, and the granddaddy of all cognitive biases, The Fundamental Attribution Error. _________________________________________________________________ Conclusion Signal of conclusion-To sum up… ____________________________________________________________________ I. Summary-Common sense is way of thinking critically to make smart decisions, but almost nobody utilizes it.

There is a higher form of common sense called reasoned sense that extends our perspectives to a broader view and offers us more accurate sound judgments, but something reserves us from using it called cognitive biases. There are many cognitive biases that makes us perform poor decisions, ill informed, and stupid. __________________________________________________________________ II. Central Idea-To inform about the important of common sense, how little it’s being used, and its barriers that stop us from using it. _____________________________________________________________________ III. Closing Statement-If we all enhance our common sense, we might just get along a little bit better. __________________________________________________________________ References (at least 3) Taylor, J. July 12, 2011. Common Sense Is Neither Common nor Sense. Psycologytoday. com. Retrieved February 15, 2013 http://www. psychologytoday. com/blog/the-power-prime/201107/common-sense-is-ne