Informative and Persuasive Speeches Is There a Difference?

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Informative and Persuasive
Virgilio Caban
South University
Assignment 2


In order to understand the two types of speeches we listen to first we must understand the meaning of each, for example the Informative speech is as the word states ‘to give information’. The second the Persuasive speech is where a person (the speaker) is trying to convince or sway the audience to follow his/her ideas. Human beings are in general terms visual learners, when an individual is presenting a speech we tend to follow their body language. The average person will think of politics whenever one hears the word speech, therefore we will be looking at two particular speeches in to understand there objective.

On January 20 1961 John F. Kennedy presented his Inaugural Speech to the nation. Within his speech he not only gave information he emphasized on how the audience should think. Therefore in this particular speech it can be evaluated as an Informative as well as a Persuasion type of speech. The physical actions of this particular speaker were those of making sure the audience paid more attention to particular words and phrases. The second speech was presented by Lyndon B. Johnson on March 15 1965. Here former president Johnson gave an Informative speech but it was geared towards a Persuasive type of speech, because he not only gave examples of the situation he also gave directions on how to move forward.

Persuasive speeches have one thing in common they both must have a presenter who gives the audience a sense of wellbeing, in other words the speaker’s appearance is something which most see at first. If the speaker is a person who they (the audience) can connect with the speech would be more attractive. The actual concept of the Persuasive speech typically deals with a controversial topic, and the goal is to change a belief or behavior or at least create a willingness to consider your viewpoint. The Informative Speech usually is talking to the audience about...
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