Public Speaking: Assignment 1 - Informative Speech

Instructor: Matt McClintock

Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

If you have a College Accelerator membership and are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit an oral presentation and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your presentation before registering for the final. Below you will find the prompt for your speech and instructions explaining how to submit it. Updated: 01/31/2022

Informative Speech

Public speaking is a skill that everyone needs at some point in their academic or professional career. In this course, you learned how to research, outline, and deliver different types of speeches. For this assignment, please prepare and deliver a 5-10-minute informative speech with accompanying visual aids. Here are some guidelines to follow for your project:

  • Choose an appropriate topic for an informative speech. We recommend choosing a topic you're familiar enough with that you can comfortably fill a 5-10-minute time period. Remember that the purpose of an informative speech is to educate those listening to you on your topic of choice. Informative speeches can be about objects, processes, concepts or an event.
  • Choose appropriate visual aids that would work best for your presentation, such as slideshows, poster boards, demonstrations, etc. If you choose to do a slideshow, please use PowerPoint or a suitable alternative (such as Google Slides).
  • Record yourself delivering your speech using a camera and save the recording. Your computer webcam should work just fine. Make sure you set up the recording to capture your gestures and expressions.
  • You may refer to notes or index cards during the speech; however, please be sure to maintain eye contact with the camera.

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Using Sources

Please use at least two reputable sources, especially to support any facts, figures, data, or statistics you use. These sources should be properly cited in APA format in your presentation, slideshow, or on a separate Works Cited page. If you use lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA format (including the lesson title and instructor's name).

If you're unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons:

Grading Rubric

Your project will be graded based on the following rubric:

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