The informative speech: The persuasive speech : The special occasion speech :
As the word “informative” implies, an informative speech “informs”. the speaker is a teacher , and his or her purpose is to educate the audience. that topic may be an object, an event, a concept, or a process .
Speeches About Objects:Objects are things that are tangible and, thus, recognized through sight, hearing, taste, or touch.- Speeches about objects include those about people, places, animals, structures, etc-Example: What to look for when purchasing a new computer system Why President John F. Kennedy was the Prince of Camelot
Speeches About Events: Events are happenings or occurrences, both past and present.-Example The origins of the holiday known as Halloween. Independence of Panama
Speeches About Processes: A process is how something is made, how something is done, or how something works .- Example: How to organize a plot for a novel
A persuasive speech usually challenges an audience’s beliefs and/or tries to move those in attendance to change existing viewpoints or at least recognize the validity of opposing viewpoints.
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There are myriad special occasions in life, for example, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, bar mitzvahs, christenings, award presentations, retirement dinners, and funerals
-The speech must fit the occasion. If the occasion is formal, for example, the speech should be as well; but if the occasion is casual, the speech should reflect a similar mood.-The speech must meet the allotted time. Speakers should be neither too brief nor too longwinded.-Intended remarks must be accurate. For example, if someone is presenting an award and intends to begin with interesting facts about the recipient, these facts must be correct.
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