Description for Informative Speech
Time: 3–5 minutes
Cite a minimum of 3 sources
Must have 3 audience members
Visual aid mandatory
IF YOU READ YOUR SPEECH—YOU FAIL THE SPEECH!
All informative speeches have an identifiable introduction, body, and conclusion.
Introduction: The introduction should compel the audience to listen (with an attention getter) and provide a preview. The preview usually includes the thesis statement and an overview of the main points.
Body: Most informative speeches should contain no more than three main points, organized in a way that helps the audience make sense of the message. Once the main points and organizational pattern are set, identify what evidence supports each main point and place these subpoints in the correct location.
Conclusion: All informative speeches should include a brief summary of the main points. No new information should be given to the audience in the conclusion. An effective conclusion leaves the audience thinking about the speaker’s message.