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Types of Speech

There are numerous types of speech and giving any speech can be terrifying but all speeches follow a similar outline. Below you will find pages which have details of various special occasion speeches. If you want to get a really good feel for giving a speech I suggest that you look, not only at the type of speech you have to give, but a few of the other ones as well.

Four types of speech

  • Persuasive Speech. You can give a speech to persuade someone to do something or buy a product or service or perhaps to get people to vote in a particular way. 
  • Informative Speech. You can give an informative speech where you are informing people of something.
  •  Demonstrative speech where you demonstrate an idea - you are informing and teaching and this speech includes a demonstration.
  • Special Occasion Speech such as a weddig speech or retirement speech

Please remember that people may complain if a speech is too long, very few people complain if a speech is short!

  • Every speech needs a purpose and this purpose is not always the same as the title of your speech.
  • Are you making a speech to persuade someone to do something?
  • Are you saying thank you to people?
  • Are you explaining how to do something?
  • Are you trying to sell something (even yourself)?
  • Once you know the purpose of your speech you can start to write it. Every speech needs an introduction, a middle and an end.
  • Do not rush when you get towards the end, you may be relieved to get there but to your audience the end is as important as the beginning.
  • Don't wait for last minute inspiration - it rarely arrives.

Topics for your speech

Look here at my list of 40 ideas for different types of speeches/talks

Click on the different types of special occasion speeches below for more information about each one

Wedding Speech

Golf Speech
Acceptance Speech
Indian Republic Day Speech
Chinese New Year Speech
Retirement Speech
Christmas Speech
Thanksgiving Speech

For more detailed information on presenting a speech please read my Giving A Speech page


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