Speech types. Types of speeches and presentations

Glossary of communication
Different types of speeches.

Types of speeches


Here are a list with some examples of different types of speeches.

Different types of speeches


There are some ways to structure the different kinds of speeches.




4 groups of speeches


1. Informative speeches


An informative speech is one that intends to inform and educate the audience by providing knowledge, especially useful or interesting information.

There are many types of informative speeches. Informative speaking generally focus on talking about people, events, processes, places, or things. Unlike persuasive speeches, an informative speech relies less on pathos and more on communicating information. Informing an audience about one of these subjects without being persuasive is often a difficult task to complete.




2. Persuasive speeches


Persuasive speaking is the type of speaking that most people engage in the most. A persuasive speech is given for the purpose of persuading the audience to feel a certain way, to take a certain action, or to support a specific view or cause. Some forms of persuasive speeches include sales pitches, legal proceedings and debates.




3. Entertaining speeches


Like more traditional informative or persuasive speeches, entertaining speeches should communicate a clear message. The manner of speaking used in an entertaining speech is typically different.




4. Speeches for special occasions


A special occasion speech pays tribute or praise to a person, an institution, an event, idea, or place.




Speech types in the broader sense


The most common types of speech and occasions are:

  • Farewell speech
  • Address
  • Acceptance speech
  • After-dinner speech
    An after dinner speech is an occasion to create a sentiment of goodwill at the end of an important event.
  • Annual reception
  • Argumentation
  • Birthday speech
  • Business presentation
  • Candidature
  • Closing words
  • Closing remarks
  • Closing statement
  • Company party
  • Company presentation
    The main goal of a company presentation is to present the company to the target audience. Most of the time there is also another goal (secondary goal), because a company presentation usually serves as an introduction to a topic.
  • Convention speech
  • Council meeting
  • Debate
  • Debate speech
  • Demonstrative speech
  • Discourse
  • Discussion
  • Dinner speech
  • Eulogy
  • Elevator-Pitch
    An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to spark interest in what you offer.
  • Entertaining speech
  • Experience report
  • Field report
  • Filibuster
  • Final speech
  • Final statement
  • Funeral speech
  • Funeral oration
  • Greeting
  • Impromptu speech
    An impromptu speech is a talk that you give on the spot with no preparation.
  • Inaugural
  • Inaugural address
  • Inaugural speech
  • Keynote
  • Kick-Off-Meeting
    At kick-off meetings, executives want to prepare and motivate their employees for new tasks.
  • Laudation
    A laudation is a eulogy in which merit is honored, most often that of a personality, sometimes of a group of people or an institution. The occasion may be an award ceremony or the honor of a person.
  • Lecture
    A lecture is an informative speech in front of an audience, a lecture at conferences or in education.
  • Line of argument
  • Line of reasoning
  • Maiden speech
    A maiden speech is the first formal speech given by a newly elected or appointed member of a legislature or parliament.
  • Marketing presentation
  • Monologue
  • Moderation
  • Motivational speech
    There are superficial motivational speeches with show performances that hurt and motivating speeches that evoke wonder.
  • Opening speech
  • Oration
  • Oratorical speech
  • Pecha Kucha
  • Peroration
  • Persuasive speech
    A persuasive speech is aimed at a defined goal. The speech is intended to convince the audience to work for a goal. In addition to the logic above all the emotions of the audience are addressed.
  • Pitch
  • Pitch deck
    A pitch deck is a brief presentation, often created using PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi, used to provide the audience with a quick overview of a business plan
  • Political speech
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Presentation
    A presentation is a speech in which specific content is presented to a target group in a structured manner using visual aids.
  • Product demonstration
  • Product presentation
  • Progress report
  • Proof of Concept
  • Reasoning
  • Rehearsal talk
  • Report
  • Sales pitch
  • Sales presentations
    With a convincing sales presentation, potential customers should be impressed.
  • Sample lecture
  • Special occasion speech
  • Specialized lecture
  • Specialist presentation
  • Specialist lecture
  • Speech
  • Self-presentation
  • Seminar
  • Short lecture
  • Short presentation
  • Spontaneous speech
  • Staff meeting
  • Statement
    All statements claim something or make a point.
  • Talk
  • Thank-you-speech
  • Testimonial
  • Toast
    Cheers! A toast is a call to drink in honor of a person or a concept
  • Training
  • Unscripted speech
  • Welcome address
  • Welcoming address
  • Welcoming speech
  • Workshop
    A workshop is an event in which a mostly smaller group works intensively on a topic.



Assistance in the preparation of speeches


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First published: January 2, 2009
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: April 23, 2019
Translation: April 26, 2019
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