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LA 2005 - Speech (Derstine)

Informing your Audience

Writing your Informative Speech

Your informative speech should rely on communal wisdom. For example, I might talk about racing in sailboats. I would talk about the various rules, what types of boats are involved, and what the parts of the boats are called. 

I might look to professional and club organizations to find pictures to support my presentation.

Persuading your Audience

Looking at Both Sides

When writing a persuasive speech, it is important to understand both sides of an issue. The databases listed below help provide a more complete picture so you can effectively present your points and refute the other side.

Other Interesting Resources

Statistics

Setting up RefWorks

RefWorks

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From simple bibliographies to papers formatted with in-text citations or footnotes, RefWorks handles it all. ​To learn more about RefWorks, use our RefWorks research guide.

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