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COMM 109 - Speech Communication - Prof. Joseph Fall 2021: Informative & Persuasive Speeches

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Assignment #2

Informative Speech - An informative speech explains or describes a person, object, event, or situation.  The objective is to teach the audience about something using clear, accurate, vivid, and memorable ideas. (1 possible topic) 

Assignment #3

Persuasive Speech - A persuasive speech is one in which the speaker tries to change, reinforce, or establish the audience’s attitudes, beliefs, values, or behavior.  Supporting material is used to substantiate the speaker’s claim.  The topic you choose should be one about which you feel strongly.  If you sound uninterested or uncommitted to your topic, then you are less likely to change someone’s opinion. (1 possible topic)

Be sure to choose a subject area that interests you and that will interest the readers. For the persuasive speech, be sure to select a topic that is debateable, has "two sides" or is open to questions. 

Choose a topic that is current and written about by academics or other writers/presenters.

Breaking, obscure, or up-and-coming topics may need creativity on your part to research. You can get ideas for research topics from the following databases and websites below:

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