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Speech 1311, Forrest: Informative

Outline

I. Introduction

     A. Gain Attention of Audience

     B. Relate to Audience

     C. Statement of Main Purpose

     D. Preview First Main Idea

     E. Preview Second Main Idea

     F. Preview Third Main Idea

II. Body

      A. First Main Idea

          1. Support

          2. Support

          3. Support

     B. Second Main Idea

          1. Support

          2. Support

          3. Support

     C. Third Main Idea

          1. Support

          2. Support

          3. Support

III. Conclusion

        A. Summary of Main Idea

        B. Transition

        C. Closing Remarks

Personal Experience

The personal experience speech should have a specific purpose and make the audience think as well as feel. The speech could provide insight about people or could have a sense of morals.

Outline

I. Introduction: the setting of the experience

II. Body: the elements of the experience in chronological order

III. Conclusion: the significance of the experience

Description or Demonstration

This type of speech is to provide descriptive information to an audience on an interesting subject area such as:

-An organzation

New York Stock Exchange Logo

-A place

-Historical event

-A process

-An object or mechanism

Photo of an iPad

Defining a Concept

This form of speech is to define a concept on topics such as democracy, academic freedom, romanticism, communism, socialism, liberlsm, materialism and much more. The following ideas can be consider:

  • Give concrete examples to illustrate a speech
  • Give a brief history of the word and state how the meaning changed or how the current meaning relates to former meaning.
  • compare or contrast the concept with other subjects
  • Be objective in explaining the concept and do not provide personal opinions that will distor the definition
  • Conduct research on the term, use paraphrasing for quotations and use proper citation on the source even when paraphrasing

Book Report

A book report speech is to present materials from one book and provide a book review or lecture. Select a book that interests you and choose a theme to develop a critique.

Problem Situation

A problem speech is to report on a situation or an issue. Focusing entirely on the problem of political, social or economical significance. The purpose is to explore the nature and dimensions of the problem without attempting to formulate a solution for it. The speaker explains the problem in detail without inserting personal bias or judgments. Please follow these suggestions:

1. What is the significance of the problem-social, political economic consequences?

2. What is the extent of the problem? Is the problem getting better or worse?

3. What factors have contributed to the problem?

4. Do you have concrete evidence to support these conclusions?

5. Have you been specific indicating the source of the evidence?

Types of Informative Speeches

Description or Demonstration

Definition

Personal Experience

Famous Person

Book Report

Thought-Provoking Article

Problem Situation

Famous Person

Giving a brief biographical sketch of the person's life is a famous person speech.  Read a biography of a person living or dead that interests you. Provide a list of the major interests that seemed to shape the person's life. Be aware of significant factors such as belief or attitude, childhood, talent and etc. Look at periods in their life and select events that support your judgment of the person.

Mark Zuckerberg founder of FaceBook

Thought-Provoking Article

A thought-provoking speech is to inform the audience about an article from a reputable journal or source like the New York Times. Choose an article in which the author draws responsible conclusions.

Outline

I. Introduction

    A. Gain Attention

    B. Relate to Audience

    C. Statement of Main Purpose- Title of article, source, author name, date of publication

    D. Preview of Main Ideas

II. Body: 2-4 main ideas from the article with at least 2 support items for each main idea

III. Conclusion

       A. Summary of article's main ideas

       B. Closing remarks-Quotation from article

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