Informative Speaking is a 10-minute maximum speech that is researched, written, edited, and memorized by the student performer. Usually, the student’s goal is to inform the audience about something of which they should be aware. Informatives can be about new technological advancements, social programs, important court cases, or any number of fascinating items of discussion. The speech presents the topic, discusses how it is being applied in the modern world, what it might foretell for the future, and any inherent drawbacks to the topic in question.
The single biggest separation between this event and Original Oratory is that Informative Speaking allows for the use of visual aids in presentation.
Informative Speaking is a new event on the Texas high school speech circuit. A longtime college event, it has been added to the high school national tournament scene, and Austin students will now get the opportunity to compete in it.