Characteristics of Informative Speeches

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Informative speeches are speeches that are designed to teach the audience about a specific topic. There are several characteristics of informative speeches that set them apart from other speech types. If you are asked to give an informative speech, it is important to pick a topic that interests you and that you already know something about.


An informative speech is designed with the same structure as most other speech types, and contains three sections. Informative speeches begin with an introduction that explains the topic in a captivating manner. The body of the speech is next; it provides greater details about the subject. The last section is the conclusion, which is designed to summarize the subject and tie all of the loose ends together.


Informative speeches have one distinct characteristic from other types of speeches. The sole purpose of an informative speech is to inform the audience about a topic that is useful, unique and interesting. The topic a person chooses for this type of speech should be something that creates interest and is unique in some way. It also should be presented in a way that the audience can relate to.


Like other types of speeches, one characteristic of an informative speech is organization. When a person writes an informative speech, he should research the topic thoroughly and organize the information in a clear, logical manner. This is often accomplished by writing an outline for the speech. List each goal or point of the speech topic in order and determine ways to move from one point to the next.


Informative speeches use relevant examples, they employ smooth transitions, and they are delivered in a conversational tone. Provide examples that help your audience understand your main points either orally or through the use of visual aids. Make your transitions clear from one point to the next to keep your audience’s attention. This prevents their losing track of what you are saying. Visual aids are an ideal way to help an audience clearly see what you are explaining.


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