Subject:
Communication, Public Relations, Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Tags:
Informative Speaking, Ocm0132
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
Language:
English
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eBook

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Informative Speaking Resources

Informative Speaking Resources

Overview

Informative speaking is one of the most common forms of public speaking.  This section starts with the goals of an informative presentation and why we give informative presentations.  Next, it gives strategies for making our information clear and interesting to the audience. There are various types of informative speeches, which focus on objects, people, events, concepts,  or processes. Lastly, the section emphasizes the types of information covered in informative presentations.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the purpose of informative speeches.
  • Identify strategies for making information clear and interesting to your audience.
  • Distinguish between the various types of  informative speeches.

(This Module meets the TAG/OCM 013 for a Public Speaking Course; Learning Outcomes 2 & 8)

Supplemental Content/Alternative Resources

Video Resources:

Informative Speaking Basics A brief tutorial on creating and delivering informative speeches. COMMpadres Media Published on Nov 29, 2016. Category Education, License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

Informative Speaking Techniques & Tips Further techniques and tips for creating and delivering informative speeches. COMMpadres Media, Published on Nov 29, 2016. Category Education, License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

Not Informing is the Secret to Great Informative Speaking by Lee Pierce This 45 minute tutorial is a new take on "the informative speech" that uses classical Genre theory to argue that the secret to great informative speaking is NOT informing your audience. Strategies for invention and organization are then presented. RhetoricLee Speaking Published on Mar 20, 2018. Category Education, License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

Informative Speaking: Bright Ideas in Public Speaking with Dr. Sunny -- Informative Speaking....it just sounds boring, right? Informative speaking is actually the mots common type of speech people are asked to give. Dr. Sunny Published on May 11, 2017. Category Education, License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

What is an informative speech? The basics on providing information to an audience. In this video I explain the basics to giving an informative speech. Josh Coker, Published on Jun 24, 2014. Category Education, License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

Web Resources

Defining an Informative Speech - Lumen Learning

The Goals of an Informative Speech - Lumen Learning 

Sample Informative Speech - Lumen Learning 

Osama Bin Laden Dead - President Obama addresses the Nation to announce that the United States has killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda.

Topic Application Section

Pre-Speech Analysis Exercise

(25-45 minutes depending on length of class discussion)

After you have assigned the Informative or persuasive speech and students have chosen a topic.  Divide students into pairs and ask them to review their topic with their partner.  Does the topic meet the objective of the speech?  If not, can it be changed to meet the objective? Is the topic covered in a clear and interesting manner for this audience? 

TedTalk “Kristie Overstreet: What doctors should know about gender identity”  Class Discussion

(14.18 minutes to listen to speech, 25-45 minutes depending on length of class discussion)

Kristie Overstreet is on a mission to ensure that the transgender community gets their health care needs met. In this informative, myth-busting talk, she provides a primer for understanding gender identity and invites us to shift how we view transgender health care -- so that everyone gets the respect and dignity they deserve when they go to a doctor.  Is this an informative or persuasive presentation, and why?  

 

TedTalk “Michael Rubinstein: See invisible motion, hear silent sounds”  Class Discussion

(13.11 minutes to listen to presentation, 25-45 minutes depending on length of class discussion depending on length of class discussion)

The author is discussing the “motion microscope” Discuss with the class how the presenter makes his presentation clear and interesting for the audience?  

Adjusts Complexity to the Audience 
Avoids Jargon 
Uses Concrete Language 
Limits Information 
Links Current and New Knowledge 
Makes it Memorable 
Makes it Relevant and Useful 
Personalizes the Information 

End of Section Review

Topic Summary

Why we give informative presentations, and how to make them clear and interesting to our audience.  Understand the goals of the information speech.  A speaker should strive for accuracy, clarity and interest.   Finally in the informative presentation cover something (objects, people, events, concepts,  or processes) that is unfamiliar to the audience, that may be hard to envision or understand. 

Glossary of key terms/concepts

  1. Multiple Identities
  2. Abstract terms
  3. Concrete Language
  4. Tangential Information
  5. Objects
  6. People
  7. Events
  8. Concepts
  9. Processes

Review questions

  1. Why do we give informative speeches.   
  2. Why are multiple identities important when giving an informative speech?

Discussion questions

  1. Should you cover controversial topics in an informative speech? 
  2. Choose a topic such as gun control.  What might you discuss  in terms of objects, people, events, concepts,  or processes?  Make sure your topics are informative, rather than persuasive?