Coms 361 F2002

Informative Speech Worth 5%

Due September 24th and 26th in Tutorials

An informative speech is different than a persuasive speech. An informative speech is factual. The task is to “summarize” and to “organize” the facts but not to “colour” or add any “opinions” or “commentary”. It is not to persuade someone to take a position or side of a particular issue. Informative or descriptive speeches are typically well received by audiences because description lets listeners see, understand, appreciate, and react through the eyes and words of the speaker. (Chapter 15 “Speaking to Inform”. Beebe, Steven., and Beebe, Susan. (2003). Public Speaking. “An Audience-Centered Approach. Fifth Edition. Pearson Education Inc. Boston, Mass.).


·        To inform classmates about a topic or issue

·        To effectively organize information

·        To develop research and citation skills

·        To develop a sense of timing

·        Use details to give an overall dominant description of the topic at hand

·        Create a vivid, clear and detailed picture in the listener’s mind about the topic.

Speaker order: Order of speaking will not change unless another student is willing to change with you. Please recognize that you are expected to perform on the day that you are assigned or have a volunteer to replace you. If you are unprepared or absent a penalty will be applied as a one-mark deduction. (Absences need to be confirmed with a physicians note). Tuesday September 24th last names beginning from the letter A to the letter M. Thursday September 26th last names beginning from the letter O to Z.

Topic Selection: Select a topic that you find interesting and one that you think will interest your audience.

Supporting Materials: Use your own knowledge first, and then find outside published or interview sources to back up your points and add credibility as a speaker.  You must include a minimum of two outside sources as different types into this informative speech. Remember it is important to cite your sources orally during the speech.

Organization and Written Work: Structure your ideas and draft an outline, using supporting material for substance. The speech should have only one overall thesis statement, with three or four main points. The speech should be typed, double-spaced and handed in after the conclusion of the speech.

Delivery: This is not a manuscript speech. Thus you should try not to read your speech and make eye contact with the audience.



.5% Gain Attention?

.5% Create a bond with the audience?

Body of speech:

.5% Three main points supporting the main thesis statement.

.5% At least two quoted sources within the body of the speech.


.5% Was the speech memorable?


.5% Suitable informative topic?

.5%  Informative?


.5% Enthusiasm?

.5% Eye contact?


.5% 1:30  minute