- Pick a topic. Unless you're writing your speech for a school assignment, you probably already know what your topic is. If you are writing
your speech for school, however, a good rule is to choose something you
know a lot about; this will require the least amount of research.
Alternatively, you may want to pick a topic you're keenly interested in,
so you can research it and learn about it. Remember, informative
speeches simply inform people. You don't want to choose a topic that
will require you to base your speech on your opinion: that's for a
- Narrow down your topic. If your speech is limited
to five minutes, you don't have enough time to tell people all about the
history of invention or to explain how to build a car. You may,
however, be able to tell people about the history of the zipper or how
to take apart a carbuerator. You should be able to thoroughly cover your
topic in the time allotted.
- Develop your thesis. Your thesis should be a
statement of what the speech is about, a sentence that describes your
narrow topic. For example, "I am going to explain how to take apart a
carburetor," or "In this speech you will learn about how the zipper came
to be" might be good theses.
- Do your research. If there's one rule to writing an
informative speech it's this: know your subject. If you're writing
about something you know well, you may not need to do much, if any,
research. Otherwise, hit the books, and learn as much as possible about
your topic. Take notes of important information as you go along.
- Consider your audience. In general, unless your
assignment says otherwise, it's a good idea to assume your audience
knows nothing about your topic. With this in mind, you may need to give
plenty of background information and be careful about what shortcuts you
take in explaining your topic. If, however, you're giving your speech
on carburetors to a group of auto mechanics, you don't need to give a
lot of background information, because they already know the topic well.
- Outline your speech. Write a list of the
information you think should be included. Put the list in logical order.
If you're telling people how to do something, your outline might look a
bit like the bolded first sentences in the steps of this wikiHow
article. Remember you want everyone listening to go away with at least
one piece of information they didn't know.
- Write an introduction. Your introduction should
grab the audience's attention, perhaps with an amusing anecdote or an
interesting quote relevant to your topic. Then you should proceed to
give your thesis statement, and then, if it's a long or complicated
speech, provide your audience with a roadmap.
- Expand your outline to make the body of the speech. Go through each key point on your outline and expand it.
- Write your conclusion. A conclusion should quickly
summarize the main points of the speech. Ideally, your conclusion should
refer back to the introduction in some way--this shows the speech is
cohesive and tells the audience that you have come full circle.
- Time your speech. If you have been given a time
limit, practice your speech - out loud - and time it. Cut out
unnecessary material if your speech is too long. Unless your assignment
says otherwise, don't worry if the speech is short of the time limit.
The speech should be just long enough to cover the material thoroughly.
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