Videoclip for informative speaking

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.

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About teachingpublicspeaking

I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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