The Informative Speech Foundation

How Will You Build Yours?

TheInformative speech foundation is the first step in creating an informative public talk.

Before a pen is put to paper in the preparation of the speech there is some preliminary work that needs to be cared for.

A speech, just like any physical building or structure, needs a foundation to build it upon. In the case of public speaking, the informative speech foundation is the knowledge that will allow for the building of a speech that will have the potential for maximum benefit of the audience.

The informative speech foundation consists of three interests.

The audience, the material you're speaking about, and your purpose in sharing the information. The knowledge of these three creates the basis for how you will present the information.

The Audience

  • Who is your audience?
  • What are the averages ages.
  • What are the backgrounds of the audience?
  • Are they management or workers?
  • Are they self employed or employees?
  • What keeps them awake at night?
  • Each of these groups has different knowledge and interest levels. The speech needs to be given on the level of the majority of those attending and in harmony with the purpose of the lecture.

    If you’re a Medical Doctor, the way you will talk to and reach a room full of doctors and nurses will be different than how you will speak to a room filled with family of patients.

    The Material

  • What is your theme?
  • Do you have a lot of statistics?
  • Do you have a lot of information?
  • Are you giving a history?

    Note...One of the most important aspect of the informative speech foundation is the theme.

    The theme seems to be the most often neglected aspect of giving a speech. It is important to have one, know what it is and keep the speech focused on it.

    The type of material to be presented needs to be considered in view of the audience and the purpose. A historical perspective to a room full of historians can be very deep and detailed. Given to an audience of blue collar workers may need to be less focused and more entertaining and or motivational.

    Doctors and nurses, whether they like them or not, are often spoken to about statistics in the lectures they hear. To most people, they are often hard to understand and boring. To make them more interesting, use illustrations or stories to make them understandable.

    Example...Fifty percent of all households have a computer. Although an easy concept for most, how would you illustrate the statement? It could be illustrated by saying, "That means where ever you go in the USA, every other house has a computer in it."

  • The Purpose of Giving the Informative Speech

  • What is your purpose…to inform, to educate…to train?
  • What can or should they do with this information?
  • How will they benefit?
  • What's in it for them?
  • Why should they be interested?
  • You need to know the purpose for giving you speech. Often new speakers I coach when asked these questions will say that it is just to give the information. As far as they concerned the audience can and will be sleeping.

    If you want them awake, if you do not have a purpose for giving the information assigned to you, then create your own purpose. It will be the guiding force in what you present and how you present it.

    Subjective or Objective

    The next questions will help shape the introduction of an informative speech idea.

    Is your theme subjective?

    For example is it a concept? What is love? Describe the taste of a cherry? Ask 5 people what does a cherry taste like and see how the answers differ. Additional questions, is it abstract, and is it open for feelings and suggestions.

    If your informative speech is subjective, it can lend nicely to present with an illustration or story. Your illustration would be your thread to weave through the entire talk.

    Is it objective?

    An objective informative speech would be something you can see, feel, touch, taste, and smell. An informational speech on an objective theme will usually require a statement.

    Put it all Together

    After considering the three main aspects of an informative speech foundation it is time to begin building the speech. The foundation will help guide what information you choose to share, how you share it and how you will fulfill your purpose.

    By considering the informative speech foundation you will better be able to maintain consistency throughout your speech.

    As the saying goes, you can please some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time.

    This consideration will help you choose who you want to reach and focus your attention on pleasing them.

    With the informative speech foundation in place, next attention needs to be given to the introduction. How will you introduce your theme? How will you arouse and attract attention in your informative speech?

    The Informative Speech Introduction can help you arouse interest and attract audience attention. Do you know the requirements? The Informative Speech Foundation Website

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