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Unformatted text preview: Writing Guides Print-Friendly Page Overview: Informative Speaking In this guide, you can learn about the purposes and types of informative speeches, about writing and delivering informative speeches, and about the parts of informative speeches. Click on the items listed below to get a brief description of each section: Purposes of Informative Speaking Major Types of Informative Speeches Strategies for Selecting a Topic Framing a Thesis Statement Researching Your Topic Structuring an Informative Speech Outlining an Informative Speech Delivering an Informative Speech Colorado State University Purposes of Informative Speaking Informative speaking offers you an opportunity to practice your researching, writing, organizing, and speaking skills. You will learn how to discover and present information clearly. If you take the time to thoroughly research and understand your topic, to create a clearly organized speech, and to practice an enthusiastic, dynamic style of delivery, you can be an effective "teacher" during your informative speech. Finally, you will get a chance to practice a type of speaking you will undoubtedly use later in your professional career. The purpose of the informative speech is to provide interesting, useful, and unique information to your audience. By dedicating yourself to the goals of providing information and appealing to your audience, you can take a positive step toward succeeding in your efforts as an informative speaker. Major Types of Informative Speeches In this guide, we focus on informative speeches about: 1. Objects 2. Processes 3. Events 4. Concepts These categories provide an effective method of organizing and evaluating informative speeches. Although they are not absolute, these categories provide a useful starting point for work on your speech. In general, you will use four major types of informative speeches. While you can classify informative speeches many ways, the speech you deliver will fit into one of four major categories. To learn more about these categories, choose any of the following: Speeches about Objects Speeches about Processes Speeches about Events Speeches about Concepts Informative Speeches about Objects Speeches about objects focus on things existing in the world. Objects include, among other things, people, places, animals, or products. Because you are speaking under time constraints, you cannot discuss any topic in its entirety. Instead, limit your speech to a focused discussion of some aspect of your topic. View Example Topics Example Topics Back to Speeches about Objects Some example topics for speeches about objects include: the Central Intelligence Agency, tombstones, surgical lasers, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the pituitary gland, and lemmings....
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This note was uploaded on 05/30/2010 for the course HCMC 1273149 taught by Professor Lethithuylinh during the Spring '10 term at Alamance Community College.

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