Public Speaking – Types of Speech

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Select your topic as soon as you can and then spend your time in preparation not procrastinating. The topic selected will determine the presentation of it.

There are two principal types of speech – informative (descriptive or narrative) or persuasive (selling).

If the subject is a place or a thing it is descriptive. Add action and a plot it  will be a narrative. If you seek to convince your audience to take action or change their point of view your speech is argumentative.  

Descriptive talks – to arouse interest your speech should follow a recognizable sequence that will make it easy for your listeners to grasp and follow. For example, if your speech is a travelogue you could outline the itinerary using a geographical journey and then detail each location in order.

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