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CMTH 102: Introduction to Communication: About this Guide

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.public speaking meme
  • 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