THERE ARE THREE MAINTYPES OF SPEECHES Informative Persuasive special occasion
THE INFORMATIVE SPEECH As the word “informative” implies, an informative speech “informs” those in attendance by providing them with information.
THIS CUOULD BE Speeches About Objects Speeches About Events Speeches About Concepts Speeches About Processes
SPEECHES ABOUTEVENTS Events are happenings or occurrences, both past and present, so possible speech topics include the following: The origins of the holiday known as Halloween What led to the Salem Witch Trials The Primary Causes of World War II
SPEECHES ABOUTOBJECTS Objects are things that are tangible and, thus, recognized through sight, hearing, taste, or touch; so speeches about objects include those about people, places, animals, structures, etc
SPEECHES ABOUTCONCEPTS Concepts are ideas, philosophies, hypotheses, and arguments.
SPEECHES ABOUTPROCESSES A process is how something is made, how something is done, or how something works
THE PERSUASIVE SPEECH 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.
TYPES OF PERSUASIVESPEECHES There are three main types of persuasive speeches Questions of fact Questions of value Questions of policy
SPEECHES FOR SPECIALOCCASIONS There are myriad special occasions in life, for example, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, bar mitzvahs, christenings, award presentations, retirement dinners, and funerals.
THERE ARE SEVERAL IMPORTANTPOINTS TO KEEP IN MIND: 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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