If you’re like most, you might be thinking “a speech is a speech”. Well, I’m here to tell you, you couldn’t be more wrong! While there may seem to be numerous types of speeches the truth is most speeches fall under 3 categories.
The key to a successful presentation is honing in on these types of speeches and deciding which one works best for the presentation at hand. I mean, you wouldn’t use the structure of a best man’s toast for a board meeting presentation now, would you? Of course not! Check out the 3 major types of speeches and see which one works best for you next time you’re called upon.
Informative speeches are exactly what it sounds like. You can go ahead and put demonstrative speeches in this category as well since at the end of the day what you’re doing is sharing information. In this category, the speaker is delivering interesting and useful information to their audience. Some examples of informative speeches are the following:
- A teacher telling students about a countries political views
- A college student going over their research in a lecture hall
- A demonstration on how to use a type of software
- An employee going over the quarterly numbers
Persuasive speeches, on the other hand, is all about getting your audience to take an action. In marketing, we call this a call to action. When giving a persuasive speech that’s exactly what you are trying to do. Most likely you are trying to sell a service or a product when giving a persuasive speech but you could also be trying to nudge someone to make a change in their personal lives. Think Tony Robbins!
Entertaining speeches provide enjoyment. A perfect example of one of these speech types would be the best man at a wedding showing his best friend some love but at the same time cracking some jokes at his expense. Dinner toast such as the ones usually given at Thanksgiving dinner can also fall under this category.
So there you have it the 3 types of speeches that are most commonly used. Before your next presentation try to figure out what category your speech falls under and present accordingly, after all what you may say during an entertaining speech may not be professional during an informative speech.