An informative speech is a five to six-minute speech that utilizes descriptions, demonstrations, details, and definition to explain a complex topic in an easy-to-understand way. Basically, its purpose is to communicate information, which, for this particular page is on education in the U.S. Once you have chosen a topic (check our 10 facts on contemporary issues in U.S. education for an informative speech or 20 topics contemporary issues in U.S. education for an informative speech for guidance), use the following outline to begin writing your own.
The is the beginning of your speech and the point you will need to grab your audience’s attention from. To make your speech effective, the introduction should encompass the following:
- Attention Getter – Provide a detail, anecdote or fact that is supposed to shock your audience. For instance, you can share statistics on the prevalence of violence in today’s schools.
- Reason to Listen – Identify and state a few reasons why your audience should know what you are telling them about. Keeping the violence in schools in mind, you can mention that it affects students beyond physically and poses a threat to educators and administrators.
- Thesis Statement – Explain the purpose of your speech and what it will allude to.
- Credibility Statement – Mention why you are the right person to impart this knowledge. For example, you can relay your own stories of being bullied in school or witness violence in the classroom.
- Preview of Main Points – Tell your audience what they should expect from your speech. List the points you intend to talk about in a way that attracts your listeners.
Body of Speech
This is where you begin expanding on the main points you told your audience that you would cover. Make sure that every point you talk about is supported by evidence from a credible resource. For example, provide statistics and mention their sources in case your audience decides to scribble them down and check them when they go home.
After each point, make sure to include a transition statement. For example, you can say something along the lines of “Now that I’ve been over the effects of violence on students, I would like to discuss its effects on the teachers themselves.”
This is where you need to wrap up your speech. Basically, there are three parts to the conclusion.
- Review of Main Points – Reiterate the points you have discussed in your speech.
- Restate of Thesis – Tell the audience one more time about your thesis.
- Closure – Add a call to action to inspire those who have been listening to you.
The flow of the informative speech you deliver depends entirely upon you. However, you need much more than your words to make your speech memorable and downright impressive. You need to be able to make listeners trust you. To pull this off, show enthusiasm, maintain firm eye contact, have a dominating but soft tone, and pronounce each word with confidence and emphasis where necessary. Make sure to win everyone over with this outline and good luck!