Objectives and Outline

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain why informative speeches are important
  • Recognize the functions of informative speeches
  • Identify the main responsibilities of the informative speaker
  • List and describe the four types of informative speeches
  • Discuss techniques to make informative speeches interesting, coherent, and memorable
  • Apply chapter concepts in review questions and activities

Chapter Outline

  • Introduction
  • Functions of Informative Speeches
    • Provide Knowledge
    • Shape Perceptions
    • Articulate Alternatives
    • Allow us to Survive and Evolve
  • Role of Speaker
    • Informative Speakers are Objective
    • Informative Speakers are Credible
    • Informative Speakers Make the Topic Relevant
    • Informative Speakers are Knowledgeable
  • Types of Informative Speeches
    • Definitional Speeches
    • Descriptive Speeches
    • Explanatory Speeches
    • Demonstration Speeches
  • Developing Informative Speeches
    • Generate and Maintain Interest
    • Create Coherence
    • Make Speech Memorable
  • Conclusion
  • Review Questions and Activities
  • Glossary
  • References