Types of Speeches: The Demonstration

Belly Dance Snake ArmsIf you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


What is a demonstration speech?
A demonstration speech is an educational or promotional presentation that explains a process, activity or product. It walks the audience through the keys points so that, after the presentation, they can repeat the process or activity or know how to use the product.

How do you demonstrate something?
Regardless of what your demonstrating, you need to break it down into easy to understand steps. A simple outline for a demonstration presentation might look like this:

  • The demonstration is broken down into simple steps either chronologically or functionally.
     
    Example:

    To perform “snake arms” in a belly dance routine, first you need to bring your arms out straight from your sides. Now, leading with your elbows, raise one side up, while the other side goes down.

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