Types of Informative Speeches : Types of Informative Speeches Speeches about Objects
Object is anything visible, tangible and stable in form
Examples: stock market, Colin Powell, the computer
Speeches about Processes
Process is a systematic series of actions leading to a specific result for product
How hurricanes develop, the electoral college, the NBA draft
Speeches about Events
Anything that happens or is happening
The holocaust, NBA finals 2009, Woodstock
Speeches about Concepts
A belief, theory, idea, notion, principle or the like
Human rights, Catholicism, philosophies of education
Guidelines for informative speaking : Guidelines for informative speaking Don’t overestimate what the audience knows
Watch for the expression “you know” and vague language
Explain concepts enough so that someone with no background may understand
Do not use acronyms or slang that the audience may not understand
Don’t be too technical : Don’t be too technical The subject matter should not be too specialized for a general audience
Avoid the use of technical jargon
Use clear illustrations to explain difficult concepts
Personalize your ideas : Personalize your ideas To personalize is to “present one’s ideas in human terms that relate in some fashion to the experience of the audience”
Avoid simply repeating what others have said on a subject, instead get the audience involved by including stories and personal explanations
Questions : Questions What are the four types of informative speeches?
What should you do as an informative speaker to relate your topic directly to the audience?
What does it mean to say that informative speakers should personalize their ideas?
Examples of Informative Speeches : Examples of Informative Speeches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WmAh3xIT_Q
These are examples of student speeches posted on Youtube. What did you think? Did you see anything that could be improved upon? Did the presenters follow the guidelines for a successful informative speech?