As public speaking has become a serious career option, many people are enrolling for classes where they are taught skills and techniques to speak well and speak effectively before a gathering. However, to be a good speaker, you should know the four types of public speaking and the peculiarities of each one of them.
 Speaking to Inform
 Speaking to Persuade
However, you must remember that you are not there to wage war and should talk without hurting others' feelings. Persuasive speeches are often given by sales and marketing people to attract interest in their products. They are also used to influence political and religious views.
 Speaking to Actuate
This type of speech is useful in conflict situations like war. It is also in action when a speaker not only tries to garner support for some cause or reason but also wants the people he’s speaking to to join him in actualising it through concrete action. It is characterised by a show of charisma, very strong words, and great emotional involvement and display of conviction.
A speech of this type typically does not rely on facts and figures, though they may be offered. The speaker’s aim is to get his listeners so emotionally enthralled that they wholesomely adopt his idea, his principles, his reasoning, as theirs and literally take up the cross and share his burden. Sometimes, listeners may be so deeply moved that they take up the cause more seriously than even the person who’s invited them into it! This sometimes happens among militia groups where members of a mob would overthrow their leader accusing him of not being “aggressive enough” in the fight for their common cause. They go on to introduce tougher measures to the dismay of their deposed leader. This is the pinnacle of persuasive speaking and, indeed, of public speaking.
 Speaking to Entertain
One gives these speeches for people one knows and it would be great if one can bring in stories and incidents about the respective person. The speech can be humorous, touching or emotional, as per the occasion and the mood. However, one should take utmost care not to hurt feelings by making snide remarks about them.