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Subject Libguide: Speech Communication: Types of speeches

TYPES OF SPEECHES

A persuasive speech tries to influence or reinforce the attitudes, beliefs, or behavior of an audience.  This type of speech often includes the following elements:

  • appeal to the audience
  • appeal to the reasoning of the audience
  • focus on the relevance of your topic
  • alligns the speech to the audience - ensure they understand the information expressed

An informative speech is one that informs the audience.  These types of speeches can be on a variety of topics:

  • Concepts
  • Events
  • Issues
  • Objects
  • People
  • Phenomena
  • Processes

A informative speech will:

  • define terms to make the information more precise
  • use descriptions to help the audience towards a larger picture
  • include an demonstration
  • explain concept the informative speech is conveying