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Students in CMTH 102 can use this research guide for help finding sources for their informative, demonstrative, or persuasive speech topics.
Differences Between Informative and Persuasive Speeches
An informative speech:
- Describes or explains an idea, place, event, object, person, or activity.
- Provides facts and information about the chosen topic.
- Educates your audience about the topic.
- Presents any possible viewpoints or perspectives of the topic objectively.
- Does not include your opinions about the topic.
A persuasive speech:
- Takes a position on a specific topic.
- Presents an argument of one viewpoint or perspective.
- Convinces others to believe that viewpoint and share your opinion on the topic.
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Guide Reviewed October 29, 2021