Informative Speech Examples
An informative speech presents facts about a given topic to an audience.
The idea is that the speaker (speechwriter) is passionate and well informed about a given topic, and they want to share that information with others.
An informative speech requires you to commit adequate time to gather information and excellent writing and public speaking skills.
Speech writing is covered in high school.
However, you have been practicing informative speech delivery since you learned how to talk.
Remember, as a child, when you tried to convince your parent to buy you a certain toy.
That was an informative speech since you prepared a series of arguments and delivered your arguments in the most compelling way possible (that is before resulting in throwing tantrums).
Informative Speech Examples
The following is an excerpt from an informative speech on smoking:
It is general knowledge that smoking is bad for your health. Yet, the number of smokers globally increases each year. In 2018, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the world, about 1.1 billion people use tobacco. That number might rise to 1.6 billion by 2025.
Tobacco kills; something that smokers tend to ignore until they get cancer or another terminal disease. In fact, it results in 6 million deaths per year. That means that there is one tobacco-related death every six seconds.
That said, lack of information about the effects of smoking is a significant contributor to this pandemic. A survey conducted in China showed revealed that only 38% of tobacco smokers knew the habit could lead to heart disease and only as few as 27% were aware smoking could cause a stroke.
Ignorance is no defense. So, today, I am going to present the adverse effects of tobacco and back them up with facts and real-world statistics.
The following is another excerpt from an informative speech on global warming:
A global warming search on Google brings back 65 million results pages. The subject has drawn a lot of attention due to adverse climate change. In a speech presented at UN Summit in 2019, Barrack Obama said that if we need to solve climate change swiftly and boldly or risk leaving the future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.
A YouTube Influencer, Prince EA, addressed this issue by saying if we are not careful, our descendants will know it as the Amazon Desert instead of the Amazon Rainforest. Imagining the Amazon as a desert should give you chills, and it seems so farfetched, but it could be a reality if global warming is not addressed.
But what exactly is global warming? What causes it? And what can we do to stop it? In this short but informative speech, I will try to answer these questions effectively.
How To Write An Informative Speech
An excellent informative speech has the following elements:
Like any other form of an essay or large text, you should have a thesis.
A thesis tells your audience your stand on a specific topic.
In the case of an informative speech, the thesis acts as the title of your speech.
An example of a thesis of a global warming informative speech could read:
Global warming is the greatest threat to future generations
The introduction should:
- Grab your audience’s attention
A few facts on the subject will grab your reader’s attention, and demonstrate your authority on the subject of the speech.
Another way to grab the attention of your audience is using a joke or explaining why you are there.
Most importantly, read your introduction as if you are explaining something to your friend.
- Let your speech demonstrate who you are
Do not use a fake persona; instead, be yourself when writing and reading the speech.
When faced with a large group of people, liars will fidget or show other signs of deceitfulness, according to studies.
If people notice insincerity when you are addressing them, they might lose interest and stop concentrating.
So, do not fake your interest in a given subject.
If your speech is not coming from the heart, it will definitely sound insincere.
- Quote material
An informative speech requires research.
Therefore, quote the material you used whenever possible in your introduction.
Quoting relevant sources demonstrates your passion and authority in the subject of the speech.
- Appeal to the emotions of your audience
An excellent way to appeal to people’s emotions is by telling a story.
For instance, in a speech about global warming, give a real-life example of how it has affected the world.
- Try to tell a joke
A joke in the introduction of a speech is a good way to break the ice.
Not only does it put your audience at ease but also helps you relax, especially if they laugh or at least giggle.
- Use catchy and or coined statements
A coined statement is one that your audience can relate and is memorable, like Coca-Cola’s ‘Taste the feeling.’
Catchy or coined phrases will stay in your audience’s mind long after you are done delivering the speech.
Just like how you randomly remember ‘Taste the feeling’ and associate with Coke, your audience will randomly remember a catchy slogan you used and remember your speech.
Moreover, a catchy statement personalizes your informative speech.
Consider the following factors in the body of your speech:
Split your speech into relevant sections (paragraphs), which will be presented in about 5 minutes each.
Let your audience know that a particular section is complete and you are moving to your next point using a prolonged pause, starting each section with a transition phrases, such as first, next, and now that you know, followed by a topic sentence.
- Provide solutions or recommendation
Do not just state facts.
Explain how these facts relate to the real world, address the problem, and provide solutions.
- Use repetition
When moving to your next point, briefly restate the previous one.
That is a good way of ensuring your audience follows what you are trying to say, and helps them remember all your points.
People mostly remember the beginning and the end of a book and movie.
The same applies to a speech.
Therefore, it is essential that you restate your thesis and tie it to the main points in your speech.
Also, consider ending your speech with a rhetorical question that will have them thinking about the subject of your speech for a long time, or a question or statement that will inspire them to conduct further research.
Remember, you should always thank your audience for their time.
You now know how to write an informative speech and have two samples to draw inspiration from.
That’s is pretty much what you need to start writing your own speech.
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