COMM 110 Informative Presentation

The most effective presentations are customized to the intended audience. Consider how audience can influence the messaging for a presentation topic.

Select one topic and one audience from  the following lists of potential topics and potential audiences.


  • A group of elementary or school-aged children
  • A group of recent high school graduates
  • A group of elderly adults
  • A group of your workplace superiors
  • A group of visiting scholars from a foreign country
  • Another group as approved  by your instructor


  • A recent event in the news or from your community
  • A significant event in history
  • A summary of a national law
  • Another topic as approved by your instructor

Create an outline in preparation for your presentation. Refer to Ch. 6 & 11 of Public Speaking for more information.

Deliver an 8- to 10-minute informative video presentation directed toward your selected audience about your selected topic.

Speech Goal: Informing people about how to be green.

Audience: A group of recent high school graduates

INTRODUCTION & THESIS: Having graduated high school, you will be entering a new phase of life. Many of you will be going to college or entering the workforce. At this juncture you can begin learning how to incorporate green practices into your life.  By learning how to use green practices in different areas of our lives we can do our part to reduce pollution and save energy while at the same time reducing our living expenses.


  1. Being green at home. Many of us don’t know where to start when we try to implement green practices at home.
  2. List obvious green practices.
  3. turning off lights, appliances, and insulating.
  4. List methods of going green.
  5. Unplug seldom-used appliances.
  6. Use power strips to turn off appliances such as computers stereos, and televisions.
  7. Set Computers to Sleep and Hibernate Enable the “sleep mode” feature on your computer.
  8. Take Control of Temperature Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees or less during the daytime, and 55 degrees before going to sleep
  9. During the winter, leave shades and blinds open on sunny days, but close them at night. Close shades and blinds during the summer or when the air conditioner is in use.
  10. Set your refrigerator temperature at 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit and freezer between 0 and 5 degrees.
  11. Turn Out the Lights.
  12. Conserving Water
  13. Start recycling,
  14. Many of the practices in the workplace are outside of our control.
  15. Tips for going green in the workplace.
  16. Start a recycling program if your company doesn’t have a program in place. This will save the company money and help the company be green (Vadney, 2008).
  17. Keep plants in the office because plants reduce the amount of gasses and pollutants in the office (Vadney, 2008).
  18. Monitor the thermostat more closely and make sure it is set at proper levels (Vadney, 2008).
  19. Stop using disposables such as paper plates and plastic ware (Vadney, 2008).
  20. Tips for going green in the workplace.
  21. If there is a janitor or cleaning person make sure they are using green cleaning supplies.
  22. Replace all light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) as they burn out (Anderson, 2010).

III.       Make green choices.

  1. Entertainment
  2. Driving and eating out.
  3. Changing practices.
  4. Carpooling or don’t drive.


These practices are designed to create a green lifestyle. In the long run, by using these strategies you will help the environment and save money. Incorporating green practices into our lives will help reduce pollution and save energy.