Preparing a speech

Speech Assignment 2: The Informative Speech

This speech must:

  • Inform the audience about an object, process, concept, or event.
  • Cover a topic that is useful and interesting to your audience. Remember that the target audience for your speech is your classmates, not those people present to witness your speech.
    • You will conduct an audience analysis of your classmates in a discussion area during Unit 2. This will allow you to choose and refine your topic.
  • Conform to a 4-6 minutetime frame.
  • Use at least 3 different pieces of evidence from at least 2 different sources.

Basic speech requirements:

  • Required outlines (Use the Informative Outlines Guides in Doc Sharing)
    • Working/preparation outline with:
      • Clear specific purpose statement;
      • Clear central idea statement;
      • Organizational pattern;
      • Specified outline format with:
        • Introduction which contains:
          • An attention-getting statement,
          • A clear topic introduction statement,
          • A statement of the topic’s relevance to the audience,
          • A credibility statement,
          • A preview of the main points and transition to the body;
        • Body which contains:
          • Two to four coordinated and logically ordered main points identified by Roman numerals,
          • Clear transitions between main points,
          • Supporting materials for each main point which are adequate, varied, and appropriate to the audience,
        • Conclusion which contains:
          • A transition from the last main point to the conclusion,
          • A review of thesis and main points,
          • A strong, appropriate closing statement
        • Internal summaries where appropriate.
        • Full sentences used throughout the outline;
      • A bibliography in APA or MLA format.
    • Delivery/speaking outline with:
      • Outline format corresponding to the working outline,
      • Main points, subpoints, and sub-subpoints;
      • Only key words and phrases, except for:
        • Direct quotes;
        • Statistics;
        • Necessary citation information;
      • Difficult words
      • Brief transition notes
      • Delivery cues/notes
    • Will be submitted during Unit 3.
  • Must be delivered extemporaneously:
    • from a brief speaking outline on 3-6 note cards;
    • with reasonable directness and competency;
  • Must be delivered before an audience of at least six adults;
  • Must adhere to the specified recording requirements (See Recording Requirements in Doc Sharing);
  • Must be submitted on time.



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