What Is an Analytical Speech?

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If you're proud of your burgeoning analytical abilities, you're likely to excel at giving an analytical speech. When you analyze something, you examine it closely and explain in detail how its components correspond to one another.

1 The Essence

An analytical speech is informative, not persuasive, so the need to produce an ironclad argument that anticipates and addresses every point and counterpoint is removed. An analytical speech answers one basic question in great detail: What's going on here?

2 An Approach

Though less labor-intensive than a persuasive effort, an analytical speech still requires skill and preparation. Begin by choosing a compelling topic that you're truly interested in. For a challenge, choose a topic with multiple dimensions; it will give you more to dissect and talk about. Social issues that inspire debate and even controversy often make good fodder for analytical speeches for this reason. Open your speech with an anecdote that captures the essence of your analytical topic. Segue to a solid overview of the problem or issue at hand. Fairly and accurately summarize both sides of the problem, citing your sources to burnish your credibility. Do the same with the consequences and possible solutions. Close your analytical speech with a reasonable forecast or prediction; pointing forward is an effective way to conclude essays and speeches. If you do not feel emboldened enough to craft your own forecast, cite the predictions of others. You'll still end up on firm ground.

With education, health care and small business marketing as her core interests, M.T. Wroblewski has penned pieces for Woman's Day, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and many newspapers and magazines. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.