Persuasive Speech

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Choose a topic. A good informative speech topic would be something along the lines of the history of classical music or a profile on a group of musicians, such as composers from the Baroque period or a speech on country singers of the 1990s. Whatever the topic, you should be able to speak authoritatively on it. Conversely, the topic should be entertaining as well as educational to ensure that your audience is captivated by your speech.

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Do thorough written research. Written research is key to ensuring that you have facts correct throughout your speech and that you are providing a good depth of educational information to your audience. For example, if you are giving a speech about composers of the Baroque period, written research would tell you exactly what the Baroque period was, which composers are considered to be part of it and why it is such an important part of music history. You can find solid written research online by searching through some of the major search engines under the keywords "music history" or a keyword relating to your topic. You might also pay a visit to your local public library for additional information.

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Interview living musical experts about your topic. Interviews with renowned musical experts will enhance your informative speech. This approach works if you are doing a profile on a musician or set of musicians or if you are doing your speech on a period or style of music. Interviews will give your speech an anecdotal flair and provide the audience with a real-life connection to the topic you are discussing.

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Draft your speech. Make a draft of your speech ahead of time so you are sure you have covered all of your major points. Write it out in outline form first before drafting it in a more structured format. Many speeches sound too much like a term paper being read...
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