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  • 1. Informative Speech Objectives
    A few tips to help you deliver a successful presentation
  • 2. The following instructions come with one caveat
    Either your proposal or draft outline was approved by me
  • 3. Requirements
    These are the topics that this presentation will touch upon.
    For more info, check out my posts and your personal feedback (via Courseworks) on The Q as well as your textbook.
    Your Goals
    Your Topic
    Information Literacy
    Choice of Topics
    Information Literacy
    Define Your Terms
    Organizational Patterns
    Supporting Material
    Be Yourself!
    Go for it!
  • 4. First, The Requirements
    Speeches and assignments should be given on the day they are due.
    An outline as well as a Works Cited page listing a minimum of 3 sources is due on the day the speech is delivered. Not more than one Wikipedia source.
    Dress professionally on speech days and do not wear hatsor chew gum during your speech.
    The informative speech is 7-9 minutes in length. 
    You must use PowerPoint.
    Data in the form of graphs, statistics, etc. must support each main point. 
  • 5. Your goal is to inform and teach your audience about your topic. 
    Focus on one type of informative speech: objects, events, concepts, or a process. 
    Avoid biographies.
  • 6. Select a topic that is interesting to you
    It helps if you are knowledgeable on your topic.
    However, you can become knowledgeable on any topic through research.  You want to also choose a topic that will be intellectually stimulating to your audience. 
  • 7. Information Literacy
  • 8. Determine what information you need.
    Information Literacy
  • 9. Access information effectively and efficiently.
    Information Literacy
  • 10. Evaluate information critically.
    Information Literacy
  • 11. Use and incorporate information ethically and legally.
    Information Literacy
  • 12. Transfer these information literacy skills to new research tasks in the future.
    Information Literacy
  • 13. Always Consider your audience!
    Use the audience centered approach to public speaking
  • 14. Define Your Terms
    Clear definitions are especially important in informative speeches.
    If you are unsure whether audience members will know the meaning of a term, plan to define it in one or more of the following ways
  • 15. Define Your Terms
  • 16. Stimulate your audience's imagination
    Use "imagine if" scenarios, tell a story or refer to a recent event.
    Establish the relevance of your topic to your audience
  • 17. Use concrete and colorful nouns and verbs that convey your meaning in a specific and tangible way.
  • 18. Use repetition to help listeners retain information
  • 19. Use similes (figures of speech that compare one thing to another)
    Good businessmen are sometimes ruthless… Like sharks
  • 20. They are figures of speech that compare two things by describing one thing as being the other.
    Use metaphors
    Like a knight in shining armor.
  • 21. Or…
    Painting oneself into a corner!
  • 22. Organizational Pattern
  • 23. There are different ways to organize your informative speech.
  • 24. Organizational Patterns
  • 25. Organizational Patterns (Cont’d)
  • 26. Developing Supporting Material
    Use a variety of supporting materials.
    People want to know the truth about a given matter and they will not merely accept your word for it.
  • 27. Refer Orally to Your Sources
    Listeners place more value on conclusions drawn by multiple sources that they find credible(1).
    There is no set format, make sure to clearly identify where your information came from and provide the context.
    1. Rodney Reynolds and Michael Burgoon, “Evidence,” in The Persuasion Handbook: Developmetns in Theory and Practice, etd. J.P. Dillard and M. Pfau (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2002), 427-44
  • 28. Possible Forms for Citing Testimony
    “According to John Miller, one of the three founders of the community’s rapid-transit committee…”
    “Teresa Allen, fund-raising chairperson from the Chicago Society of the Performing Arts, gave some insight into the proper way to obtain donations when she said…”
    “Dr. Mary Klein, a stem cell researcher from the Brown University School of Medicine , echoed this sentiment when she spoke Monday at the Public Health Committee Meeting…”
  • 29. Possible Forms for Citing Examples
    “Let me give you two examples of outsourcing …”
    “Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation is an example of a fiscally effective charity…”
    “For example, what if, in five years, the average temperature of the Pacific Ocean rises one half of one degree Fahrenheit?”
  • 30. Possible Forms for Citing Facts & Statistics
    “As published in the October 2008 Edition of Nature…”
    “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, accessed on April 10, 2010…”
    “According to a january 2008 report posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, 70.8 percent of all deaths…”
  • 31. Show Your Audience the Data
    Use appropriate tables, graphs …
  • 32. And charts to display the statistics…
  • 33. Make The Conclusion Memorable
  • 34. Guidelines for Preparing the Conclusion
    • During the research phase, be on the lookout for material that you can use in the conclusion.
    • 35. Do not leave the conclusion to chance. Prepare both a full-sentence outline & a key-word outline.
    • 36. Keep the length of the conclusion to about one-sixth of the overall speech
    • 37. Practice delivering the conclusion often, using your peers as sounding boards.
  • Now, Remember…
  • 38.
  • 39. Dress Codes Are A Reality In The Business World, To Wit…
    These Ads By A Leading Consulting Company
  • 40. This Look Is Great For College
    Not So Much For An Interview Or A Presentation
  • 41. Gentlemen, Do Wear These…
  • 42. Please Avoid These Looks…
    Gentlemen, no hats
  • 43. Ladies, Try These…
  • 44. But Please Avoid These…
  • 45. Perfect for a Night On The Town
    Not an office setting. Please avoid these types of shoes
  • 46. Everybody’s on Your Side…
    I know I am!
  • 47. So Go For It!