business communication speech and essay

Part I: Informative Speech

Outline Details:

After you have brainstormed aspects of your speech, write a delivery outline of your informative speech about how to prepare and present an informative speech.  See pages 359-361 in your textbook for a delivery outline example. The outline must include an introduction, central Idea, preview, body, conclusion, clear transitions, or signposts between each main point and obvious supporting material.

Your topic for this speech is assigned to you, and the topic is how to prepare and present an informative speech. Please do not deviate from this speech topic, as you will not receive a grade for any other topic used. You will be creating and delivering an informative speech on the preparation that goes into an informative speech and the delivery aspects as well.

Use the “supporting your speech” list on page 331 in your textbook to help you consider the support content for your speech. Create your outline in a word processing program and save this file to your desktop. You will be required to write and post your outline.

Speech Details:

You will record your speech using the spoken response box below.

  • Topic: Your topic is: How to prepare and present an informative speech (Note: You must use the provided topic. Students are not allowed to select a topic for this assignment.)
  • Audience: your audience is your instructor
  • Time: This speech should be approximately 3-5 minutes long
  • Specific Purpose: To inform your audience about decision making and other key concepts relating to how to prepare for and present an effective informative speech.
  • Speaking Style: This is an extemporaneous speaking task that needs to be presented from a delivery outline. Please do not read word-for-word or memorize the message. This will be evident in your voice and delivery
  • Demonstrate: Your speech should demonstrate  the following elements of speech development for this assignment:
    • Develop your central idea
    • Generate main ideas
    • Decide on supporting material
    • Decide on an organizational pattern and organize your presentation
    • Create your preparation outline
    • Decide on delivery cues and include them in the preparation outline
    • Rehearse the speech
    • Deliver the speech
  • Sources: Using the Rio Salado Online Library(, select at least one (1) source to use within your presentation (be sure to cite your source – using APA format – in your outline). The Rio Salado Online Library is the best source for authoritative, validated information on your research topics. Please follow the guidelines below to locate one source for Part III:
    • Go to the Rio Salado Library homepage.
    • The default search tab is Articles Databases. Click eBooks.
    • From the general collections, select EBSCO eBooks.
    • In the search box, enter the search term “Public Speaking.”
    • From the list of books, select one eBook to use for this assignment.

Part II.

For Part II of the assignment, you are required to answer the following essay question. The answer should be approximately 3-4 paragraphs long. Your responses should be written in complete sentences, free of spelling and grammatical errors. Please type your essay in a Word document and then paste your essay below in the space provided.

1. Step 3 of DECIDE is “Create message” and Step 5 is “Deliver message.” Describe the decisions you made as you created create and delivered your informative speech about how to prepare and present an informative speech. Using key concepts from this lesson, specifically address decisions you made to develop your main ideas so that you were lively and spontaneous while still being prepared and not memorizing the speech. Provide specific examples from your preparation and delivery.

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