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ENG1030 Communication Skills (Moskwa): Informative

Informative Speeches

  • Purpose: to educate the audience about a particular topic

Informative speeches usually inform the audience about:

  • Objects/Phenomena
  • People
  • Events
  • Processes
  • Issues
  • Concepts

Rubenstein, Hannah, Dan O'Hair and Rob Stewart. Speaker's Guidebook: text and reference. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedofrd/St Martin's, 2007. Print.


  • Look for a topic that you can explain on paper in five paragraphs
  • Define any terms that are not "common knowledge" (e.g. "the sky is blue", "humans have ten toes", etc.)


Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies

Here is an example of an informative speech:

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