Informative Speaking

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Informative Speaking

  1. 1. SPE 108 The Informative Speech
  2. 2. Characteristics of the Informative Speech • • • designed to convey knowledge and understanding you act as a lecturer or teacher you absorb knowledge, and then communicate that knowledge effectively
  3. 3. Who makes informative speeches? • a business manager explaining next year’s budget • a teacher teaching a lesson • a military officer briefing subordinates • a union leader describing a new contract • the church worker organizing a fundraiser
  4. 4. Three criteria: • Is the information communicated accurately? • Is the information communicated clearly? • Is the information made meaningful and interesting to the audience?
  5. 5. Types of Speeches Speeches about Objects: anything that is visible, tangible and in stable form • • • • places, people, structures, animals must choose a specific purpose about this object for the speech How an object is used, what is a feature of the object, why is the object important? Topical order
  6. 6. Types of Speeches Speeches about Processes • This speech answers the HOW • purpose: so the audience understands the process better • chronological order or topical order?
  7. 7. Types of Speeches Speeches about Events • civil rights movement, figure skating, Cinco de Mayo, ADD • chronological order, causal order (working from cause to effect), topical order
  8. 8. Types of Speeches Speeches about Concepts • • Beliefs, theories, ideas, principles topical order
  9. 9. The audience • Don’t over estimate what your audience knows • relate subject to the audience • don’t be too technical • avoid abstractions (be specific) • personalize your ideas
  10. 10. The audience • Don’t over estimate what your audience knows • relate subject to the audience • don’t be too technical • avoid abstractions (be specific) • personalize your ideas

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