Informative Speech

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Informative Speech


Have you gone somewhere interesting lately? If not, is there someplace you’ve been dying to go? For this speech you need to tell about an interesting place you’ve been and try to motivate your audience to want to go there too. The aims of the Informative Speech are to give you some practice organizing your thoughts and to give you a chance to get comfortable in front of the class before you tackle the more demanding speeches. The stakes are not very high for this assignment. Just do your best, organize your speech well, try to apply what you’ve learned, and you should do fine. Here are some particulars:

Think of a way to divide the body of your speech into two or three distinct points. For example, "the people, the landscape, the food." Remember Plato’s Clever Butcher analogy!

Details, details:

  • 4-5 minutes (not much time, so, keep it simple and narrow your topic!)
  • Hand in two copies of a one-page typed complete sentence outline. I’ll take notes on them, return one with feedback, and save the other for my files.

That’s all there is to it. This is a very basic assignment, much like you probably had in high school speech. It emphasizes clear organization, so you need a strong introduction, body and conclusion. Work on your transitions a bit, and make sure the whole thing "hangs together."

Don’t forget to have fun!

"What if my topic’s boring?"