Hello. I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather. In my previous blog, I showed you an example of a commemorative speech. This time, I would like to show you an example of an informative speech.
The angle is better than last time, but the video is still not perfect. The volume goes up and down a little, but you should be able to hear most of it. Because the student is using Power Point slides in his speech, the brightness and darkness of the video changes from time to time – Sorry.
The goal of an informative speech is to give the audience information about a topic. Basically you want to teach them about something. In this case, the student is talking about killer whales. The speech is a little longer than the previous one, but the student had a lot of information to share.
The first minute and a half is the introduction. The student tries to get attention by using a common saying “the law of the jungle,” and then asking the audience who they think is at the top of the food chain in the ocean. He then gives some hints about the answer before actually giving the audience the answer. This builds curiosity and gets the audience’s attention. Around the 1:14 mark the student has a preview statement. This is when he tells the audience what the main points of the speech are. This is very important because it helps the audience get ready to listen.
lease notice that he tries to have good eye contact with the audience during the introduction. This helps to build credibility. When he is speaking, he makes some grammar errors, but you can still understand what he is saying. It is okay to make some mistakes. The important thing is that he is speaking extemporaneously. All in all, it is a nice little introduction.
During his speech, he uses transitions. When he changes from one more point to the next main point he uses expression such as, let’s move on to… He also uses questions during the speech to get the audience’s attention. This is another way to introduce a main point. Around the 3:40 mark he says, “Do you know how strong they are?” This is how he introduces his next point.
He also has sources for his information. He does a good job of saying what the source of the information is. You will hear him use this expression “according to…” a number of times. This is very important. You need to tell the audience where you got your information from.
At the end of the speech he gives a short summary of his main points. This is good because it helps the audience to better understand his main points. He also refers back to the introduction. In the introduction, he used the comparison of great white sharks and killer whales to get attention. At the end of the speech, he talks about both again. This links the beginning and the ending of the speech. The speech makes a circle from start to finish. This is a nice way to end a speech.
I hope you enjoy the speech and can learn some speaking tips from it.