There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose. Speeches
Everyone knows what a speech is like. A person stands at the front of the room and begins to speak. Then you sit down for an hour, wondering when the speaker will finish and allow you to get out of the uncomfortable fold-out chair, right?
Not necessarily; speeches are used more often than you may be aware. Some speeches may, in fact, last those agonizing 52 minutes; however, some speeches last only moments. Remember when the dean of your college got up to introduce the speaker? That was a speech, too. I'm sure that one was much more brief. There are three main types of speeches that you likely see on a regular basis. Let's take a look at each of those speeches now. Informative Speeches
Imagine sitting in the audience of a large lecture hall listening to your professor talk about the theory of relativity. It may sound like confusing words to many, but what he is really doing is giving an informational speech. This kind of speech is delivered mostly to convey information to the audience about something they don't already know. There are a few types of informational speeches:
Speeches about objects Speeches about events Speeches about processes Speeches about concepts
When a public speaker talks about things that can inspire your senses, like touch, smell or feel, it is a speech about objects and involves talking about things in the sensory and physical world. Maybe he is talking about the way a spider looks or the way freshly snipped herbs smell. It may even be a speech about your favorite president. Either way, the speech is written to appeal to the senses.
Some speeches are written to inform people of a current or past happening. This is a speech about an event, and it is meant to bring people up to speed on things that have, are or will be...
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