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Informative (Demonstration) Speech Worksheets

Explanation of Worksheets

Audience Relevance / Speaker Credibility / Organization

Source Citations


Please read this explanation (it is virtually identical to the persuasive sales speech explanation).

You are preparing a simple worksheet for me—literally a fill-in-the blank, but it must be TYPED!

Worksheet Components:

Please understand what I’m asking for:

Type of Worksheet:

Draft or Final? The only difference between the DRAFT Worksheet and FINAL worksheet is that you include your bibliography (in correct APA or MLA reference format) as the last page of your FINAL worksheet.

Topic of Speech:

This should be easy. What are you trying to inform (demonstrate)?

Audience Relevance:

Why would the audience care to listen to a speech on this? How is it relevant to them? Can you cite a statistic that specifies how a strong a need might be?

(e.g., you are demonstrating how to have a successful garage sale. Perhaps you can reference how many “things” we have cluttering up our spaces and that we often have a need to raise cash.)

Speaker Credibility:

Why should the audience listen to you on this topic? How will they know that you are knowledgeable and trustworthy? Doing and citing research may be enough, but you need to identify that here.

Speech Main Points:

What are the main points you will cover—in order?

As an informative demonstration speech, you will likely organize your speech into at least two points: Resources and Procedure. You might have three, depending upon your speech.

  1. Resources: What you need (including where to get them, costs, etc.)

  2. Procedure: Step by step process that you can show us

NOTE: You will still have an introduction where you will likely emphasize the audience relevance (the value to the audience of seeing/hearing your presentation). You will also have a conclusion that should reiterate the value of your presentation. I just don’t need to see them in this worksheet.

Preview Statement:

How will you tell the audience what your main points will be—after your introduction and before you go into them in detail in the body of your speech? Write as you would say it during the speech.

Summary Statement:

How will you remind the audience what your main points were—at the end of your speech, right before your conclusion? Write as you would say it during the speech.

Planned Source Cites:

This is not the bibliography, but a summarization of the research you are planning to use and cite during the speech.


This refers to how you will actually refer to the source in your presentation—what will come out of your mouth—an oral source citation.

Don’t just put in a website url. Don’t put list the source in bibliographic form. If it is the U.S. Census and you plan to say, “U.S. Census,” type that. If you are citing a quote from Rachael Ray that was quoted in Time magazine, type in Rachael Ray. If, however, you plan to cite her cookbook, type in the name of the cookbook.

Please consider the quality of the source… No Wikipedia or about.com, please!


Include at least the year the data was published. If you can’t find a date, you might reconsider the quality of the source.

Source Credibility:

This is from the audience’s perspective, do they know and trust the source?—without you having to explain the source credibility.

This consists of two parts:

Audience Knows?

Does the audience already know the source? (Just type Yes or No.) If not, then you will have to tell them information about the source.

Audience Trusts?

Just type Yes or No. If they don’t know the source or don’t know whether they can trust the source as providing good quality information, you will need to build that source’s credibility in your presentation or choose another source.

Source Qualification:

Why can we trust this source for this presentation? Even if the audience knows and trusts the source, why did you think this was a good source to use in this speech?


What, exactly, are you going to cite from this source? Don’t just say, “statistics.” Give me at least one statistic you may cite. Don’t just say, “examples.” Give me an example.

Bibliography (Final Worksheet only!):

You do not need to prepare a full bibliography for your draft worksheet, but you will need to prepare one for your final worksheet (the one you turn in on the day you present your speech).

On the final Worksheet (the one you turn into me on your presentation day), you will append a page that lists all the sources you consulted while preparing your speech (those you cited and those you looked at but did not cite).

Unlike the Planned Source Cites, this needs to be in proper reference form (consider at citationmachine.net, noodletools.com, easybib.com, owl.english.purdue.edu/, etc.). Don’t just list urls, don’t number or bullet your sources, etc. Use correct hanging indents and spacing, alphabetized by author’s last name or first significant word in the title.

Grading Considerations:

  • Completeness of worksheet (did you include all of the elements, the way I asked you to?)

  • Preview and summary worded as you would say them in the speech

Informative Speech Worksheets (Explanation) Communication Experience

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