Step 1 Select a topic.
Select a topic for your informational speech that fits into one of the categories of informative speeches: description, definition, or demonstration. Limit the scope of your topic based on the idea that you can present the actual speech in four to seven minutes.
Step 2 Review the process of thesis development.
Review the information in Lesson 4 of the course about creating a specific purpose statement and thesis, deriving a question based on the thesis, and using the question to determine the main points to cover in the speech. Consider reviewing the document you created for assignment 4.1: Developing Purpose and Thesis Statements.
Step 3 Provide information about your topic.
In a one-page (250-word) paper, determine and enter the following information about your topic:
Description of the audience for your speech (you get to define your audience)
Question based on thesis
Three to five main points
Step 4 Select a pattern of organization.
Based on your knowledge of patterns of organizing speech information, select a pattern of organization to use to create an outline for your speech.