GUIDELINES FOR THE SPEECHES
You will present a 5–7-minute informative speech on a topic of your choice or from the list of topics provided. (The topics should have been approved in the discussion). The informative (speech one) will be videotaped at one time with an audience of at least one person, and uploaded to Canvas by the due date, after you have completed the requisite portions of the course. You will prepare for the persuasive (speech two) WHICH HAS A DIFFERENT FORMAT FROM THE INFORMATIVE, and videotaped and uploaded as the first speech. Your informative and persuasive speech presentations will be due as outlined in the syllabus.
See below, some guidelines to consider -regarding the content, organization, and delivery of your speech. This supports information provided in the modules and in your text.
WHAT YOU TURN IN:
For each speech you must submit
A formal outline of the speech (due in the speed grader, prior to uploading the speech. Information on how to provide the works cited or reference is posted in the modules. I have provided a “skeleton” outline to guide you. Remember, this just has sketchy information to demonstrate the need for your claim/s; evidence to bolster or support the claim/s; and the in-text citations. Note however, that it is an outline, and should not contain every word you will say. A good outline could be about two to three pages, exclusive of the cover and reference pages. THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD SUBMIT BETWEEN FOUR AND FIVE PAGES FOR THE OUTLINE INCLUSIVE OF THE COVER AND REFERENCE PAGES, and no more.
NB – You will not write a paper or essay of /for the speech to submit to me. If you do so that will be your own private undertaking. This is not recommended or required for the extemporaneous speech which is the delivery style to which we will adhere. I am well aware however that from time to time, individuals may choose to do this as it may make them feel more secure to practice from a document. Again, it is neither recommended nor required, and you will only submit an outline to me.
Hopefully, you had chosen a topic from the list provided, or one that interests you (that you are passionate about, or a topic you already know something about). You should have considered the same general subject matter for your persuasive speech topic, as this will help you focus your research efforts. [This should have been completed, and I have provided feedback regarding your approved topic].
You should design your speech for the students of this class. In other words the speech is expected to be for a mature audience (not your 4 year old child, or a pet).Your speech should take into account the knowledge level and interests of your classmates as well as audience demographics (gender, ethnicity, age, civic or church affiliation, etc.) relevant to your topic, even though your peers will not be with you when you are videotaping your speech, for upload.
You will need to provide supporting evidence to support your ideas, such as specific facts and figures, statistics drawn from credible sources, illustrative stories, quotations, and expert as well as lay testimony, etc. Make sure you provide the audience with a variety of types of supporting materials, from a variety of credible sources. Remember the speeches are not to be autobiographical, or a setting out of your life circumstances. Instead, you will provide credible information to support your claims, using personal knowledge where appropriate, but the latter cannot overwhelm your speeches.
Since the first speech is an informative speech and the second, a persuasive one, you will be perceived as more credible if you share your sources of information with the audience, you must cite at least five (5) different credible sources of information (other than personal knowledge) during the course of your speech presentation. Make sure you provide these sources in your outline as you intend to say them, not just as parenthetical documentation. Include all the sources you use (those you cite verbally along with others), in a “Works Cited”/ “References” page, attached to your outline. You should have at least five written sources of reference in the body of the outline, ALSO in your works cited or reference page and ALSO CITED DURING YOUR SPEECH.
Be aware that you need to use grammatically correct formal English, avoiding slang. Also avoid “like”, “whatever”, “you know” and other colloquial speech, as these may cause you to be perceived as a less credible speaker. Choose language that is clear, concise, vivid, and imaginative.
You should use at least one presentation aid (e.g. PowerPoint [no more than six (6) slides]; graphs, posters, pictures, objects; video or audio clips (no more than one minute 15 seconds); etc., to assist the audience in organizing/understanding the information you are giving them. Always make sure any aid you use is in working order before you begin your speech. Also, all aids should be appropriate, and none should be illegal.
I will not be grade a speech, without a corresponding outline.
Your speech should have an engaging and well-organized introduction and a strong conclusion. Make sure you incorporate transitions in the body of the speech as signposts, as needed.
You must imagine that you are speaking extemporaneously in front of an audience of your peers. I recommend using between four and six note cards for each speech. Anymore and you will be penalized according to the number in excess of six. Remember this is NOT a reading assignment, so you are not allowed to take sheets of paper from which to read. You will be graded on how well you communicate directly with the audience. The following will be taken into account, professional appearance, enthusiasm, body language, eye contact with audience, voice (speed, volume, vocal variety, diction), and nonverbal and verbal cues inspiring credibility in your audience. Stick to the time limits that you have been given, otherwise you will lose points, perhaps to a substantial degree. Remember that it is better to have a speech that exceeds the time by a little, than one that is less than the time allotted. I will place a copy of the evaluation forms (for both speeches), in the Pages section of Canvas under “Speech resources”. Note that the persuasive evaluation form is a bit different from the informative one, because THE SPEECHES ARE DIFFERENT.
It will help if you are able to rehearse quite a bit before the actual speech.
There will be severe penalties for those people whose electronic devices go off during the speech. Points up to a letter grade will be deducted from your speech grade if this occurs. PLEASE TURN OFF ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES BEFORE YOU BEGIN VIDEOTAPING and speak as clearly as possible.
If you need additional resources to facilitate the speech such as electronic equipment, it is your duty to arrange for the availability and proper working of such equipment or supplies. Do not use the speech delivery time to be adjusting your equipment.
Additional resources to help with your research and the subsequent reference or works cited page include:
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