Videoclip for informative speaking
The Simpsons: Season 4, episode 7
Early in this episode, Homer attempts to fix his own house foundation with the use of a videotape series (I’ve started saying DVD). The instructional video is a good example of what not to do in informative speaking. I ask several follow-up questions:
- Are these instructions helpful?
- Why not? (Speaker uses technical terms, goes too fast, does not relate to audience needs, etc.)
- What could be done to improve the video?
- How do those same suggestions help an informative speech?
Note: This clip does include one tv-acceptable swear word. It could be cut out with careful editing or cueing at the start of the clip.