Speech Types and Some Examples

During this course you will have to do a number of speeches. This page explains about the four main types of speech.

A Informative Speech

An Informative Speech is like teaching. The purpose of an informative speech is to try to teach something to the audience. The success of your speech depends on whether the audience learns what you wanted to teach them. You need to tell the audience why the information is useful and valuable. You need to make sure that the audience understands and remembers the essential information.

Some examples of an informative speech:

A layout Speech

An layout Speech is like giving someone directions, or explaining the location of a place. It is not very common as a formal speech, but it is something you often have to when explaining to people about a town or large building. A layout speech tells the audience where things are. It may also describe there size and shape. Gestures are very important in a layout speech. In fact, this is a good chance to practice your gestures. The success of your speech depends on whether the audience can find their way round the place you have described. Will they get lost?

Some examples of a layout speech:

A Demonstration Speech

A demonstration speech is like an informative speech because you have to teach the audience about something. However, in a demonstration speech you will not just tell the audience about something, you will also tell them how to do something. Your speech will be successful if at the end of your speech the audience can do what you showed them to do.

Some examples of a demonstration speech:

A Persuasive Speech

A persuasive speech contains information to help people make a decision. The purpose of a persuasive speech is to persuade people to change in some way. For example, it could be to change the way they think about something. Or it could be to change the way they do things. Finally, it could be to persuade the audience to do something that they do not do now. Your speech will be successful if at the end of your speech the audience is willing to make the change you suggested.

Some examples of a persuasive speech: