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Communications: Speech

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What is a speech?

A speech is a formal talk given to an audience. Speeches tend to be clearly organized and have a fairly defined structure, such as Cicero's classic six-part arrangement...They are often given on special occasions, such as awards ceremonies, recognition events, and important social rite-of-passage events such as weddings, conventions, and campaigns".

What is an informational presentation?

Informational presentations focus on giving the audience facts, figures, statistics, analyses, and other information necessary for making decisions or understanding a current situation. Informational presentations are extremely common in business and business-like settings like volunteer organizations or committees. Reports, summaries, press statements, and debriefs are all informational presentations.

What is a persuasive presentation?

Persuasive presentations are intended to convince an audience to take a specific action or point of view. Nearly every presentation has an element of persuasion in it. Sales presentations, legal speeches, and motivational talks are obvious forms of persuasive presentation. Other types of presentations might have a persuasive element embedded in them. Many educational presentations are also intended to persuade people to adopt a new idea, process, or way of thinking. Speeches are often persuasive in nature, especially when being given for political reasons. Skill in persuasive presenting is highly valued in business settings.

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Databases for Speech Ideas and Topics

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Where Do I Go in the Library?

Browse the library shelves in these call number areas to find materials relating to speech, oratory, and more.

BF 575                 Speech Anxiety

PN 4001               Oratory, Elocution

PN 4177-4355      Debating, recitation

PN 6121-6129      Orations

PS 400-668.2       American Lit-Oratory

QP 306                 Speech Physiology

RC 346-429          Speech Disorders


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