ADVANCED COMMUNICATION SERIES

SPEAKING TO INFORM

Assignment #1:

THE SPEECH TO INFORM

Objectives

  • Select new and useful information for presentation to the audience
  • Organize the information for easy understandability and retention
  • Present the information in a way that will help motivate the audience to learn
  • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to present an informative speech of five to seven minutes. The information should be presented in an interesting manner with clear organization. The speaker should support the facts or points with statistics, quotes, or experts’ opinions. In addition to your oral evaluation, please write answers to the questions below.

Evaluation Guide

  1. What made the speech interesting?
  1. How effectively did the speech opening capture and hold your attention?
  1. How comfortable  and  familiar  did  the  speaker  appear  to  be  with  his  /  her material?
  1. How confident and in control did the speaker appear to be?
  1. What was the organizational structure of the speech?
  1. How did the speaker encourage the audience to learn?
  1. How effectively  did  the  speaker  relate  new  information  to  the  common experiences and knowledge of the audience?
  1. What could the speaker have done to make the talk more effective?
  1. What would you say is the speaker’s strongest asset in informative speaking?

Assignment #2:

RESOURCES FOR INFORMING

Objectives

  • Analyze your audience regarding your chosen subject
  • Focus your presentation at the audience’s level of knowledge
  • Build a supporting case for each major point using information gathered through research
  • Effectively use at least one visual aid to enhance the audience’s understanding
  • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to inform the audience on a subject of interest in five to seven minutes. The talk should be directed to the interests of the audience, with each major point strongly supported by research. The speaker is required to use at least one visual aid to enhance the audience’s understanding. Please  give  written  answers  to  the  questions  below  in  addition  to  your  oral evaluation.

Evaluation Guide

  1. How well  was  the  speech  directed  to  the  interests  and  background  of  the audience?
  1. What methods did the speaker use to support his / her major points? How effective were these methods?
  1. How did the visual aid(s) enhance audience understanding?
  1. How knowledgeable did the speaker appear to be about the subject?
  1. Did the speech appear to be well-researched?

Assignment #3:

THE DEMONSTRATION TALK

Objectives

  • Prepare a demonstration speech to clearly explain a process, product, or activity
  • Conduct the demonstration as part of a speech delivered without notes
  • TIME: 5 to 7 minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to present a demonstration talk of five to seven minutes on a process, product, or activity. The speaker may use body language, an actual object, or a model for the demonstration. The speech, delivered without notes, should keep the audience interested, and each segment in the demonstration should be explained clearly and specifically. In addition  to your oral evaluation, please write answers to the questions below.

Evaluation Guide

  1. How did the speaker make the talk relevant to the audience’s interest?
  1. Describe the demonstration’s impact on you.
  1. How appropriate was the choice of demonstration method?
  1. Was each part of the demonstration clearly explained?
  1. What could the speaker have done to make the demonstration more effective?
  1. What was the most effective part of the demonstration?

Assignment #4:

A FACT FINDING REPORT

Objectives

  • Prepare a report on a situation, even, or problem of interest to the audience
  • Deliver sufficient factual information in your report so the audience can make valid conclusions or a sound decision
  • Answer questions from the audience
  • TIME: 5 to 7 minutes for the speech, and 2 to 3 minutes for the question-and- answer period

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to deliver a fact-finding report of five to seven minutes on a situation, event, or problem. The information should be comprehensive and well-organized, as well as presented in an interesting manner. The talk should include an overview of the report, an explanation of how the data was gathered, and a thorough presentation of the relevant facts. The speaker is then to field questions from the audience. Please write answers to the questions below in addition to your oral evaluation.

Evaluation Guide

  1. How well did the speaker explain the purpose of the report to the audience?
  1. Was the report organized clearly and logically?
  1. If the speaker used visual aids, did they help the audience to understand the information more easily and quickly?
  1. Was enough  information  given  on  which  the  audience  could  base  a  sound decision or draw valid conclusions?
  1. How prepared did the speaker appear to be for the questions that were asked?
  1. How effective  was  the  speaker  in  responding  in  a  positive  manner  to  the questions that were asked?
  1. How well did the speaker conclude the question and answer period?

Assignment #5:

THE ABSTRACT CONCEPT

Objectives

  • Research and analyze an abstract concept, theory, historical force, or social / political issue
  • Present the ideas in a clear, interesting manner
  • TIME: 6 to 8 minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to present a six to eight minutes analysis of a concept, idea, theory, historical force, or social / political issue. The talk should be clear and interesting to the audience. The speaker’s purpose is to clearly explain the  meaning  of  the  subject  to  the  audience  and  use  definitions,  examples, anecdotes, illustrations, quotes from experts, and visual aids to explain concepts. In addition to your oral evaluation, please answer the questions below in writing.

Evaluation Guide

  1. How did the speaker define the scope of the speech subject?
  1. Was the topic narrow enough to explain sufficiently in the time allotted?
  1. How effectively did the speaker draw on experts’ opinions while discussing the subject?
  1. How did the speaker make the talk interesting to the audience? How could the speaker have built greater interest?

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This