Speech Making Skills
- To increase the audience’s knowledge and understanding of a particular concept, object/person, or event.
- To use a variety of supporting materials in order to add depth to your speech, to add evidence in support of your ideas, and to maintain your audience’s interest in the topic.
- To use descriptive language, effective delivery techniques, and self-evaluation in order to increase speaker effectiveness.
Your second formal informative speech is designed to help you further develop speech making skills. You may give your speech on a PERSON, PLACE, CONCEPT or EVENT, but not on a process because that was the requirement for your first informative speech. A variety of topics would be appropriate. For example, you might present a biographical sketch of Winston Churchill, or you might research and explain the extent and causes of alcoholism or drug abuse, the significance of the battle at Gettysburg, the causes of the landslide election in 1932, or the growth of the internet. Some topics might lend themselves to persuasive as well as informative presentations. However, you should stick to informing your audience for this speech. (Do NOT tell the audience what they should do or believe or that something is a problem or beneficial – because that would get into your opinion and that would be persuasive.) A visual aid should be used for this presentation.
REQUIREMENTS & EVALUATION CRITERIA:
- Your speech should be effectively organized, outlined, introduced and concluded as you did for the last speech.
- You must orally cite at least 5 references in your presentation. Your examples, statistics and quotations will support your main points and must be cited in 1) your speech, 2) your speech outline, and 3) your bibliography. Not citing your sources in any of those three (3) places will constitute PLAGIARISM and will result in an F grade for the presentation or possibly the course. You must use a minimum of three (3) different types of sources (book, magazine, newspaper, journal article) in your bibliography. Be sure to use proper bibliographic format (APA style) for each citation.
- You should be audience centered and adapt to your audience based on an audience analysis questionnaire you will create using Survey Monkey(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. A tally of your survey results and typed paragraph describing what you did in developing the speech to adapt to your audience must be submitted with your speech assignment. You should plan to mention your survey results in your speech. See supplemental handout – Guideline for Audience Analysis using Survey Monkey.
- Your preparation outline must be prepared and typedfollowing formal outline format (see 10 Rules for Outlining). You may request your instructor to review a draft copy of your outline ahead of time.
- Your speech must be delivered extemporaneously (conversationally) from notes. Do NOT prepare a speech manuscript (i.e. write out your speech verbatim); do NOT memorize a manuscript. Be sure your note card is clear, concise, brief, and easy for you to see while delivering your speech.
- Include both your Preparation Outline and Speaking Outline in the folder link you share from Google Drive to the assignment. See Guidelines for Recording & Submitting Speechesfor more detailed instructions. In order for your speech to count as “on time” you must submit both your Preparation Outline and your Speaking Outline at the time you submit your video and by the due date on the calendar.
- Practice your speech several times before you deliver your speech in front of your audience. Check the timing to know what will fit in the 4-6 minute time limit and make cuts as necessary.
- After you submit your speech video, you should watch your video again, and complete the Informative Speech Self-Evaluation. This counts as part of your speech grade.
- This assignment is worth a possible 150Evaluation criteria include: Speech Preparation Outline & Speaking Outline, Introduction, Organization, Content Development, Use & Citation of Supporting Materials, Language, Delivery, Conclusion and overall Audience Centeredness.
Checklist of Items Due:
__ Preparation Outline & Bibliography in APA format
__ Survey Monkey tally – See Guideline for Audience Analysis using Survey Monkey
__ Paragraph describing what you did to adapt to the audience based on survey results
__ Speaking Outline (notecard)