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Speech Research Guide: Types of Speeches

Library and research resources for courses in Speech.

The aim of a persuasive speech is to sway the audience to adopt your own viewpoint. The best persuasive speech topics are thought-provoking, daring and have a clear opinion.

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Informative speeches are about:

  • OBJECTS - An identification and then a discussion about an object and its benefits; i.e., a person, animal, structure, machine.
  • PROCESSES - Instruction, step-by-step, on how something works, is made, or is done; i.e., how to bake a cake, build a birdhouse, use a software program, or fill out a FAFSA.
  • EVENTS - Information about something that has happened, is happening, or is expected to happen; i.e., the spread of the H1N1 flu virus, the history of the Afghan war, or an explanation of Ponzi schemes.
  • CONCEPTS - To examine theories, beliefs, or ideas; i.e., explain the theory that TV violence breeds violence or inform your audience about the Koran

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