If you're ready to learn how to write a informative speech,
you're in the right place.
You're getting that and so much more - check out my 8 step
process for creating an informative speech below.
This is my 8 step process for writing an informative speech.
So far, we've gone through the first 4 steps. You might want to
go back and start with an earlier page. I'll wait here for you.
- A list of example informative
- How to get
an idea informative speech topic.
- Brainstorming (fleshing out) a good
informative speech topic
including a beautifully messy scanned copy of my own brainstorming
- An informative
speech outline sample
- Creating your own informative
- How to write a informative speech (THIS
- The text
of my free informative speech, and then finally...
- The audio mp3 of this example
of informative speech along with full notes on why
I performed it the way I did.
Writing Your Informative Speech
Ok, so I'll assume you've chosen an interesting topic, and you
have some basic writing skills.
The most important thing about your how to write a informative
speech is to know your audience. Why? Because you already know
yourself and what you want to talk about, but if you don't understand
your audience, neither of those other things will matter. In fact,
if you know yourself and your audience, you can talk to them without
any material at all- just have exchanges with them... or even
better, you can use a speech to get to know them.
- If you give a speech on quantum physics to a bunch of high
school athletes, some of them may get into it, but most won't.
- If you talk about sports to the Women's league of voters,
you also be missing a connection with most of your audience.
- If you're giving an informative speech to your teacher and
peers in a class setting, you need to aim the speech between
- If you don't know your audience that well, make inquiries
to their go-to person and see if you can send them a survey
on their needs.
If you interest and impress, plus fulfill their needs and
wants, they'll like you, your speech will be a hit, and they'll
get your message.
How does your informative speech topic fit into these
people's lives, work, family, needs, wants, and dreams? How can
you make it more appealing and interesting to them?
What metaphors can you use that they'll understand? My
yin yang glasses are an example of a metaphor that would work
for anyone in the world who knows what glasses are. For the rest
of the world, I could use fake eyeballs. If they were a group
of comedians, I'd use those joke glasses with a fake nose. For
the army, a pair of infrared goggles. Adapting everything to the
group is intergral to how to write a informative speech. Get it?
The next part of how to write a informative speech is to get
them involved. Which parts of your speech are simple enough
for you to ask for audience participation?
Be careful about whether your questions are open-ended or closed:
- A fill in the blank question is 'open-ended' - this
is good for getting them more involved, but the danger is when
that one inappropriate audience member takes 30 seconds to get
out their essay-length answer. Cut them, off, thank them, summarize
their point in a few words, and pick someone else in another
part of the room. Note that as soon as one person has their
say, at least a few others will want their time, too.
- A yes or no, black or white, or multiple choice type question
is 'closed' - these involve the audience in a fast-paced
way- it keeps the speech moving, but doesn't get them as personally
I can't emphasize this part of how to write a informative
speech enough. If you don't get them involved early, you'll
feel less confident, less comfortable on stage, and thus you won't
do as well and you'll look forward to sitting down but feel bad
about the speech. But if you get them involved early, you'll feel
that they accept you as the speaker, and successful interchanges
will increase your confidence. Make sure you leave space for this
when figuring the time length of your speech.
The next step is to check out the text of my
free informative speech.
- If you're nervous about giving your talk, or
want to know more about
- Getting the audience into it
- Getting your points across
- Not putting them to sleep, and
- Feeling good about it after you're done giving it
- ... then you need to listen to the audio
example of informative speech and read my notes on the