Informative Speech

Written by Samuel Wong
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If you've ever had to give directions to a friend, share your favorite recipe, or tell someone about yourself, you've given an informative speech. Put together, the words "informative" and "speech" can strike fear in countless numbers of people. But when you tell them that informative speech is simply sharing information with people, it seems much less intimidating.

Many high school classes begin with a shortened form of informative speech when each student in the classroom introduces himself or herself and shares a piece of information about themselves. Informative speech is a great way to integrate speaking into any classroom or course of study. As long as a student has information to share, he or she can tackle even the most basic of informative speech assignments.

Get the Words Flowing with Informative Speech

Informative speech is the backbone of any speaking course of training. It teaches students how to formulate information into easily understandable words and phrases. It challenges them to form sentences and ideas without using the often-heard words "like" and "uh." Building a student's speaking skills with informative speeches will help prepare him or her for life beyond the structured curriculum of high school.

Informative speech is also a good primer for any course in debate. By assigning an informative speech prior to a debate, students are forced to research the given topic, as well as research both sides of whatever topic they will be debating on. This will result in more compelling arguments, and a more intelligent discussion overall. Assigning informative speech tasks before forming debate teams is also a good way to assess the speaking and researching skills of each team member, allowing you to build the strongest debate team possible.

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