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Communication 10: Getting Started

This guide was created to support Professor Castro's Communication 10 course and library orientation session

Types of Speeches

An informative speech is one that enlightens an audience.  These types of speeches can be on a variety of topics:

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

A good informative speech will:

  • define terms to make the information clearer
  • use descriptions to help the audience form a mental picture
  • incorporate a demonstration
  • explain concepts in-depth for greater understanding

    Informative speech example from Bill Gates:

persuasive speech attempts to influence or reinforce the attitudes, beliefs, or behavior of an audience.  This type of speech often includes the following elements:

  • appeal to the needs of the audience
  • appeal to the reasoning of the audience
  • focus on the relevance of your topic to the audience
  • fit the speech to the audience - ensure they understand the info
  • make yourself credible by demonstrating your expertise



Web Topics

From Issues and Controversies we have the following link useful for your course. Tools for Students and Educators:





This research guide pulls together a variety of resources you may want to use to find examples of speeches, resources to aid in the process of giving speech, and material to support the information or arguments in your speeches for your class.

Want to know where to start you research?  Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles, and recommended databases, primary sources and recommended authoritative websites.

Have questions?  Feel free to comment or ask questions about this research guide by clicking above on the PAGE COMMENTS link.  Feel free to contact a librarian any time you need assistance. 

Good luck in your research.

Public Speaking Pointers

Toastmasters International is an organization that empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. They specialize in communication and leadership development. Their website and YouTube channel has great tips and strategies for public speaking. 

Follow these quick tips from Toastmasters to perfect your speech!


Public speaking tutorial: Having a strong close |

Watch this 64 minute course from for a complete guide to public speaking. The course is broken up into segments, so it's easy to watch just the clips you're most interested in.

How to speak so that people want to listen | Julian Treasure (TED)

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