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Speaking To Inform

Entertaining speakers are always in demand. Projects address preparing and delivering an entertaining speech, finding good stories and anecdotes to include in speeches, using humor, incorporating drama into presentations, and presenting an after-dinner speech.

1. The Speech to Inform

Time: 5 – 7 minutes
Objectives:
  • Select new and useful information for presentation to the audience.
  • Organize the information for easy understandability and retention.
  • Present the information in a way that will help motivate the audience to learn.

2. Resources for Informing

Time: 5 – 7 minutes
Objectives:
  • Analyze the knowledge level of your audience regarding your chosen subject.
  • Focus your presentation at the audience’s level of knowledge.
  • Build a supporting case for each major point through use of explanation, examples and information gathered in research.
  • Effectively use at least one visual aid to enhance the audience’s understanding.

3. The Demonstration Talk

Time: 5 – 7 minutes
Objectives:
  • Prepare a demonstration speech to clearly explain a process, product, or activity.
  • Conduct the demonstration as part of a speech delivered without notes.

4. A Fact Finding Report

Time: 5-7 minutes, plus 2-3 minutes for Q&A
Objectives:
  • Prepare a report on a situation, event, or problem of interest to the audience.
  • Deliver sufficient factual information in your report so the audience can base valid conclusions or a sound decision on it.

5. The Abstract Concept

Time: 6 – 8 minutes
Objectives:
  • Research and organize the thought of experts on an abstract concept, theory, historical force, or social/political issue.
  • Present the ideas in a clear and interesting manner.