Yeah, I read the thing about inspire. Which is stupid and I don't know why you would put it in the rules. Regardless, an informative should not have a call to action. If it does, it is a persuasive. Also, people need to learn how to outline. Seriously!!!!
Perhaps that would make it like a persuasive in some ways. However, if the information you are sharing in your informative doesn't have some sort of point, then why should the judges care about it? A speech about some obscure species of animal can be interesting. I would think, however, that the judges would rather hear a speech that is about something that actually matters and has a purpose. For example, my informative is on peanut allergies. I talk about what peanut allergies are, what people think
peanut allergies are, and how to help people with peanut allergies (how to recognize when someone is having an allergic reaction, how to administer an EpiPen, etc.). I am not just telling people about peanut allergies (and really severe allergies in general) because I find it interesting, but so that, after each tournament, at least nine judges could potentially save the life of a person with a severe allergy. Although it does have some persuasive qualities to it (as I am trying to convince people to take sever allergies more seriously), it really is just an informative speech with a specific purpose. I do not think that means it should be a persuasive. My speech is still an informative, even if I am trying to change my judges' ideas of peanut allergies.
mechanical pencil wrote:
A speech designed to change one's perspective can very permissibly be in informative.
A speech designed to call people to action should probably only be in persuasive.
Yes, but the line between the two can be slightly blurred at times.