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“Content” means the main points and supporting evidence within the speech. In most circumstances (even special occasion speeches), it is the speaker’s responsibility to provide “reasonably true” information. In other words, does a speaker’s audience know more after the speech than they did before? This is especially important in persuasive speeches. A persuasive speech is more than […]

Miscellaneous Evaluation

There are miscellaneous variables in a speech evaluation apart from organization, content, delivery, and multi-media support.  Here are a few: Timing: Speaking too long is almost always annoying, and speaking too short can be disrespectful. I usually assign a penalty for speaker going too long or too short. Having a clear clock or some sort of […]

Multi-Media Support

Multi-media support means the support outside of the speaker’s words and nonverbals. When I first started teaching, we used the term “Audio-Visual Support,” which back then meant posters and overhead projector slides. Ah, the days before PowerPoint! PowerPoint (with Google Slides, Prezi, Keynote, among others) so dominates the public speaking landscape that I just teach other types […]

Speech Delivery

Delivery includes all the ways speakers physically present themselves to their audiences. Early in my teaching career, I taught organization and support (research) before tackling “delivery.” However, after constantly being interrupted by questions like, “Do you count off if I say ‘um’?” and “Can we use note cards?” I figured out that “delivery” was what most people […]