The Specific Speech Purpose Exercise Page.

Remember, a Specific Speech Purpose should be

  1. a concrete sentence,
  2. which begins with the phrase "the audience member should,
  3. matches the General Purpose,
  4. and defines one, specific response.

Following are some models.

General Purpose: To Convince.

Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will agree that cloning of humans should be strictly regulated by the federal government.



General Purpose: To Actuate.

Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will visit Fiji.



General Purpose: To Inspire.

Specific Speech Purpose: The audience members will be reassured that Allah loves them.



General Purpose: To Inform.

The audience member will learn how to replace a wall switch with a rheostat.


Now You Try It.

Following are some combinations of General and Specific Speech Purposes. If you think they are okay as written, say so. Otherwise indicate what you think is wrong.

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  1. General Purpose: To Inform.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will learn the three parts of the Hydrologic Cycle.

  2. General Purpose: To Inform.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will understand why Nebraska is the College Football "team of the '90s.

  3. General Purpose: To Convince.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will understand why the death penalty is considered inhumane.

  4. General Purpose: To Inspire.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will join Weight Watchers and feel a whole lot better about herself.

  5. General Purpose: To Actuate.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will see why anyone who has a few days off should spend them in the Adirondacks.

  6. General Purpose: To Inform.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will know about mah jong.

  7. General Purpose: To persuade the audience about terrorism.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will not care if the government passes laws restricting our freedom if those laws help catch terrorists.

  8. General Purpose: To Actuate.
    Specific Speech Purpose: If a woman says yes when you ask her up after a date, it is because she is interested in getting "physical."

  9. General Purpose: To Convince.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will want to go to Space Camp.

  10. General Purpose: To Inspire.
    Specific Speech Purpose: The audience member will see that Jesus is the Lord.

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