Informative Speech on Accounting outline

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Informative Speech Outline

Dusti Goertz
COMS 101

Date Due: 9/30/2013

Organization: For this speech I will be utilizing the topical pattern.

Audience analysis: Provide a description of your audience (e.g., its demographics like age, gender, ethnicity, etc. as well as any other information about them that impacts the way you plan and present the speech (see the textbook, pp. 618–628).

Topic: In this speech, I am going to describe why accountants have a bad reputation as being both boring and dishonest, and also expound on what accountants actually ‘do’ in our world/why we need them. Finally, I am going to explain how accounting, as a profession, can be used for the greater glory of God.

Rhetorical Purpose: To inform my audience
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Another prevailing belief is that the vast majority of accountants are dishonest.

a. Regarding accounting, the acclaimed economist Ben Stein stated, “It's really amazing that in the age of unbelief, as a smart man called it, there isn't even more fraud. After all, with no God, there's no one to ever call you to account, and no accounting at all if you can get away with it.” Ben Stein
b. With blemishes on the accounting profession the size of the Enron, Worldcom, and Freddie Mac scandals, among many others, who wouldn’t think that accountants were all ‘crooked’
c. That being said, it was auditors and accountants who discovered the illegal actions which were occouring in each of these respective scandals.

Transition: Well, now that we have seen what some individuals think about accountants, and accounting as a profession, let’s see what benefits accountants really provide.

II. Main Point #2. Contrary to popular belief, Accountants, and the tasks that they perform, are an important part of most people’s everyday life.

A. What exactly is an accountant?
a. According to Dictionary.com, an accountant is, “a person concerned with the maintenance and audit of business accounts and the preparation ofconsultant reports in tax and finance”. (Dictionary.com, 2013)
b. As of May 2010, the average annual salary for an accountant was

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