The body of a speech is where the speaker relays his or her main ideas. Okay, so the speaker has the audience’s attention. Now what? The speech should have clear sections (called “main points” or “talking points”) that logically flow one to the next. Some subscribe to the “primacy” theory: Start off with the most […]
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Evaluation of a speaking event with emphasis on feedback to the speaker(s).
The introduction of a speech includes the first words and visuals that the audience hears and sees. I believe that an audience will give a speaker about 30 seconds to decided if the speech is worth listening to or not. Therefore, the introduction of the speech should be well-planned and well-practiced, and it should be […]
By the “Organization” part of a speech, I am referring to the elements that make a speech easy to follow. I believe that there are certain “best practices” that can lead to a logical, easy-to-follow speech, and these are fairly easy to teach and evaluate. However, of course, that is completely subjective according to the speech’s audience, […]
Evaluation means the rating of a public speech, usually involving a pre-set rubric with clearly communicated measurements. Even though I have been teaching public speaking for more than 20 years, I still can remember the first time I had to evaluate speeches in my class. I remember madly scrambling for resources: I went to seasoned […]