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Model Informative and Persuasive Speeches

The speeches below are intended to aid instructors in incorporating public speaking activities into their classes. For more such resources, please see Guidelines for Public Speaking and Speech Evaluation Form. Also the Jacobson Center runs noon workshops in public speaking. See News and Updates for the latest offerings.

Informative Speeches

  1. Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.

  2. Sophal Ear, Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the US Navel Postgraduate School, shares the compelling story of his family's escape from Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. He recounts his mother's cunning and determination to save her children.

Persuasive Speeches

  1. In 1992, at the age of 12, Severn Suzuki and some friends from Vancouver, British Columbia raised money to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Suzuki gave a six-minute speech to delegates gathered from around the world. She pleaded eloquently for adults to stop the destruction of planet Earth.
  2. Jacob Kraybill, a Mennonite and student at Goshen College—a Christian college in Indiana—argues strongly for gay marriage as part of the 2008 Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.
  3. In her speech for SPE100--The Art of Effective Speaking, Smith graduate Trenda Loftin ('12) argues with purpose and passion against a "three strikes law" in Massachusetts




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