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Organization: The Body

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 […]

Organization of a Speech

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 […]