Could you give me some ideas about my Informative Speech? You could propose a topic, discuss how you would approach it, or mention some of the points you would make.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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We cannot really pick a topic for you because we do not know what things you know about and what things interest you.  An informative speech will be best if you talk about something that you care about and about which you have a good deal of knowledge.  You should think about what your interests are and what things you know a lot about.  If you are interested in things but do not know much about them, you might take the time to do research on those things.  At any rate, you need to decide for yourself what your interests are.  If you give a speech about something you don’t care about, your speech will not be very good.

That said, there are certainly things that you should do that can make your speech better regardless of its topic.  I will go over some of these things briefly here, but I suggest that you follow this link to read about it in more depth.  Please note that the right panel of this link has many aspects of informative speeches that you can click on to learn more.  For example, you can click on “Introduction” under “Structuring an Informative Speech.”  You will then see the parts of an introduction, along with links that you can click to read more about each aspect of an introduction.

Briefly, then, once you have chosen your topic, you need to do research.  You need to have a lot of information so that you can determine what to put in your speech.  You will want to do a lot of research and take a lot of notes so that you can have many options for what to put in your speech.  After you have your information, you need to make sure that you create a well-structured speech.  In order to do this, you need an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.  In your introduction, you will want to be able to capture your audience’s interest, tell them why they should care about your talk, and tell them why you are credible.  In your body, be sure to have good organization.  You want to make sure that your speech does not seem like a bunch of random facts and statements that are just thrown together.  Finally, you will want a conclusion that recapitulates the main points of your speech and leaves the audience with a strong impression of you and your speech.

Again, please follow the link above for a detailed discussion of these points and others.  You can also consult this link for a sample outline of a speech about the sinking of the Titanic.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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To do this, it is best to choose a topic of interest as it is likely to be the subject you have the most knowleddge about.

Next, keep it short and sweet, succinct, but strong enough to get across a point if there is one.

Thirdly, choose a topic of interest that is relevant in modern day.

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Wiggin42 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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 I would like to suggest that when you are choosing a topic you have to consider certain factors and ask yourself the following questions?

1. Who are the target audience that you intend to give the speech?

2. What kind of subject that interests not only you but also the audience?

3. Will it capture the attention of the listeners?

4. Can they relate to thetopic?

5. Avoid controversial or insensitive topics.

6.Address the issues with genuine concern.

     Focus on how to present the speech,start with a funny quote related to a topic that will keep the audience at ease.Don’t jump into a topic;slowly build up the content with your facts and move forward and do not feel pressured to include everything about the topic. Short and to the point speech are most valued and appreciated. Always end with a question or concern that could intrigue the minds of the listeners.Good Luck.

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rachellopez | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Start by picking a topic that interests you and that you know a lot about. It is easier to write an informative speech that you yourself are informed and passionate about. It just depends on what you like personally.

Next, you need to outline. I find it easier to expand on a topic if you have a list of basic ideas you want to include in your speech. You want to include a good amount of information that is organized effectively, making it easy for your audience to follow. My favorite pre-writing method is the T-chart where you put your main topics on the left and your supporting details on the right. Start with three details and if you can add more that's great.

Main topics that you could start with will depend on the topic and what you are informing people about. It could be the history of your topic or it could be about how your topic effects people today. You'll have to decide that. After you finish your pre-writing you can start on you actual speech. Good luck!

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1. CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC: INFORMATIVE-EXPOS: Pick a topic where you will explain something, help people understand, show how to use or do something, etc. Hot topics typically involve scientific or technological breakthroughs that are obviously useful and important to the judges you will have. PERSUASIVE-ORATORY: Pick a topic that you have a strong opinion on. Hot topics typically involve problems that both the government and the judge can take action on. AFTER DINNER SPEAKING-SPEECH TO ENTERTAIN: Pick a topic that resonates with your audience in terms of its importance in our society but also pick a topic that is going to lend itself to humor--jokes, good stories, entertainment! 2. MAKE A THESIS STATEMENT: What point do you want to get across? FOR INFORMATIVE SPEECHES: “I will explain . . .” “I will show how to . . .” FOR PERSUASIVE SPEECHES: “The government should . . .” “We should stop . . .” “X is a harmful practice.” FOR AFTER DINNER SPEECHES: Use either of the above kinds of thesis statements although they are usually more persuasive. Just be sure to focus on a humorous subject. 3. CREATE POINTS THAT SUPPORT YOUR THESIS: Take a moment and think up what would support your thesis. Write the points down on a sheet of paper, leaving room after each one so that you can add supports for them. TYPICAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR AN INFORMATIVE SPEECH How to speech: 4 key steps to doing the thing you are talking about. Example: Step One: Reformat the hard drive. Step Two: Place the CD into the computer and begin installation. Step Three: Fine tune your operating system. History/what happened speech: Points listing out from the beginning to the latest thing you want to discuss in your speech. Example: First, the people inhabited the territory. Second, there were great conflicts. Third, there were good and sad after-effects. What is it speech: 2 to 4 main points that discuss the key elements of your subject. Example: First, there must be small numbers; Second, a focus on general rather than specialized education; Third, a focus on more intellectual rather than practical or technical knowledge. Explain it speech: 2 or 4 main points that go through the key elements of something to explain it. Example: A plane flies by first, its wing design; second, engine forward movement; third, direction of wing flaps. Typical organizations for an TYPICAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR A PERSUASIVE SPEECH Problem-solution: First point shows there is a harmful problem; Second point shows a proposal and proof that it would solve the problem; it is good to get the judge/audience involved in taking their own actions to help solve the problem. Demonstration that something is wrong/right: First, list out an agreeable standard for judging (things that kill should be rejected; things that intrude on our civil liberties should be rejected); Second, show that the thing you are talking about does indeed violate the standard you set. Main reasons approach: Just list out the reasons why your thesis is true. First, because of x; Second, because of y; Third, because of z. TYPICAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR AN AFTER DINNER SPEECH Use any of the above organizations especially the ones for the persuasive speech. Just be sure to be humorous/entertaining. 4. NOW, DEVELOP SUPPORT FOR YOUR THESIS Now, write down supports for your points. Take time to research your topic thoroughly and get yourself stories, statistics, expert opinion, and more to make your speech standout. Kinds of supports you should use in your speech: 1. Interest supports to increase interest in your speech: stories, examples, personal experiences, interaction (e.g. games or questions you ask of your audience). 2. Evidence supports to increase solid support in your speech: statistics, expert opinions, direct quotations, studies, surveys, and facts. 3. Multimedia aids such as posters with writing and pictures, PowerPoint, music or recordings on a stereo player, videotapes and DVD’s. 5. WRITE YOUR INTRODUCTION AND CONCLUSION. Write your introduction. Give a quick attention getter, state the thesis, tell why it is important to you and your audience. Typically in forensic competition, it is expected that you “preview” your main points in the introduction by listing out the main points you will present. Write your conclusion. Tie the speech together, build to a higher point and give it a sense of conclusion. 6. DELIVER THE SPEECH Practice and prepare to present your material as effectively as possible. THE DIFFERENCE: INFORMATIVE VERSUS PERSUASIVE VERSUS AFTER DINNER SPEECHES INFORMATIVE SPEECH--give us information that describes something or states how to do something; it does not give your opinion as a main point; it avoids making judgments that the things you are talking about are bad/good, etc. PERSUASIVE SPEECH--persuade us to change our beliefs or actions; shows us YOUR opinion on a subject--that you think it is good/bad, right/wrong, moral/immoral, justified/unjustified, that we should/should not do something. AFTER DINNER SPEECH--usually a persuasive speech but sometimes informative focused; key distinguishing feature is that it is focused on entertaining the audience usually with jokes and humor.

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