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15: The Informative Speech

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    106515
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    Learning Objectives

    After reading this chapter, the student will be able to:

    1. Recognize opinion versus factual information;
    2. Recognize the different types of informative speeches;
    3. Decide on the best organizational approach for types of informative speeches;
    4. Follow proven guidelines for preparing an informative speech;
    5. Construct an informative speech.

    • 15.1: What are Informative Speeches?
      An informative speech can first be defined as a speech-based entirely and exclusively on facts. Basically, an informative speech conveys knowledge, a task that every person engages in every day in some form or another. Whether giving someone who is lost driving directions, explaining the specials of the day as a server or describing the plot of a movie to friends, people engage in forms of informative speaking daily.
    • 15.2: Types of Informative Speeches
      While the topics to choose from for informative speeches are nearly limitless, they can generally be pared down into five broad categories. Understanding the type of informative speech that you will be giving can help you to figure out the best way to organize, research, and prepare for it.
    • 15.3: Organizing and Supporting an Informative Speech
      There are some specific ways to go about developing ideas within informative speeches. Speakers often inform an audience using definitions, descriptions, demonstrations, and explanations. It is likely that a speaker will combine these methods of informing within one speech, but a speech can also be primarily organized using one of these methods.


    15: The Informative Speech is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Lisa Coleman, Thomas King, & William Turner.

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