The general purpose of any speech will be either to Inform; Motivate/Persuade; or Entertain your audience. As soon as you know the general purpose of your speech you can develop your Specific Purpose Statement (What the speaker will accomplish). Your Specific Purpose Statement is used to develop your speech. You don’t acutally say it in your speech.
Restrict your Specific Purpose to one idea only. In Speech 151 for the informative speech your general purpose is to inform. For an informative speech you will want to start your specific purpose statement with “I will inform my audience about….” A Specific Purpose Statement for an informative speech will be phrased much like the following statements.
Informative speech specific purpose statements:
- I will inform my audience about the two major forms of hula.
- I will inform my audience about what lifegaurds do as part of their jobs.
When you have your specific purpose statement you are ready to compose your what is the purpose of a thesis statement (they are one in the same). This is the most important part of your speech. This is one sentence that encompasses the central idea of your speech.