ADVANCED COMMUNICATION SERIES

SPECIALTY SPEECHES

Assignment #1:

SPEAK OFF THE CUFF

Objectives

  • Develop an awareness of situations in which you might be called upon to deliver an impromptu speech.
  • Understand how to prepare for impromptu speaking.
  • Develop skill as a speaker in the impromptu situation by using one or more patterns to approach a topic under discussion; for example, comparing a past, present, future situation or before and after.
  • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this talk was for the speaker to present an impromptu speech of five to seven minutes on a topic about which he or she is knowledgeable.  The speaker is to provide you with five possible topics.  You are to select one at random and tell him or her what that topic is.  The speech should inform the audience through clear, knowledgeable expression. In addition to your oral evaluation, please write answers to the questions below.

Evaluation Guide

  1. In what manner did the speaker organize his or her ideas?
  1. What pattern or patterns were used?
  1. Did he or she present a clear and definite message?
  1. How well  did  the  speaker  draw  upon  his  or  her  background  of  special knowledge?
  1. Did  the   speaker  clarify,  with  taste  and  modesty,  that  he  or  she  was knowledgeable in that particular subject area?
  1. Did the speaker convey confidence in his or her authority to discuss the topic?
  1. Did the speaker base his or her statements on fact or opinion?

8. What was the audience reaction?

Assignment #2:

UPLIFT THE SPIRIT

Objectives

  • Identify  and   understand   the   basic   differences   and   similarities   between inspirational speeches and other kinds of speeches.
  • Learn how to evaluate audience feeling and establish emotional rapport.
  • Develop a  speech  style  and  delivery  that  effectively  expresses  inspirational content by moving the audience to adopt your views.
  • TIME : 8 to 10minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this project was for the speaker to present an eight to ten minutes speech designed to rephrase the emotional consensus of the audience in terms of their beliefs, values and sentiments and in a language and style appropriate to the occasion. In addition to your oral evaluation, please give written answers to the questions below.

Evaluation Guide

  1. How did the audience respond to the speaker? Were they respectful? Tuned in to what was said? Were they emotionally moved? Did they believe in his or her views?
  1. Comment on the information presented: Was it well thought out and easily understood? Did you detect any element of confusion, doubt or uncertainty?
  1. Comment on the speaker’s style and delivery, voice and gestures: Were they of a superior quality of expression and did they fit the occasion?
  1. Did the speech satisfy the expectations of the audience? Did it uplift the spirit of the audience? Ask them.

Assignment #3:

SELL A PRODUCT

Objectives

  • Understand the relationship of sales technique to persuasion.
  • Skillfully use the four steps in a sales presentation: attention, interest, desire, action.
  • Identify and promote a unique selling proposition in a sales presentation.
  • Be able to handle objections and close a prospective buyer.
  • TIME : 10 to12 minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The speaker has been assigned to present a sales speech of from 10 to 12 minutes. The talk should be convincing on logical, informational and emotional levels and should be delivered in an extemporaneous manner.  The focus of the talk should be the selling of a product or of a service.   You may want to review the text of this project to be familiar with its objectives. In addition to your oral evaluation, please provide written the answers to the following questions:

Evaluation Guide

  1. Did the speaker get and hold the audience’s attention?
  1. Did the speaker generate interest and desire by focusing on the benefits of the product or service to the customer?
  1. Did the speaker offer a unique selling proposition (USP)?
  1. Did the speaker build value into his or her speech through the use of positive word  choice,   personal   enthusiasm   and   effective   use   of   displays   and audiovisuals?
  1. If any objections were voiced, did the speaker handle them effectively?
  1. Did the speaker make the close (action) smoothly and at the appropriate time?

7. Did the speaker sell? If not, why not?

Assignment #4:

READ OUT LOUD

Objective

  • Arrive at an understanding of the elements that comprise oral interpretation and how it differs from preparing and giving a speech.
  • Learn the preparation or planning techniques of effective interpretation.
  • Learn the principles of presentation and develop skill in interpretive reading with regard to voice and body as instruments of communication.
  • TIME : 12 to 15 minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this project was for the speaker to present an interpretive reading of

12 to15 minutes from a literary work.   Making effective use of voice, rhythm and body movement, the speaker should create an auditory and visual experience for the audience. In addition to your oral evaluation, please write answers to the questions below.

Evaluation Guide

  1. Was the theme clearly understandable and the narrative or story line clear?
  1. Did the reader make effective use of vocal variation, tone, mood, inflection, rhythm, and body movement to create an auditory and visual experience for the audience?
  1. Did the reader convey a sense of the author’s style? If not, suggest technical areas the reader might work on.
  1. Did the reader present the work leading to a crisis or major climax?
  1. Were the introduction and transitions informative and effective?
  1. Did the reader create an illusion of spontaneity during the presentation?

Assignment #5:

INTRODUCE THE SPEAKER

Objectives

  • Focus on the special occasion talk from the standpoint of the introducer (function chairman, toastmaster, master of ceremonies).
  • Become knowledgeable and skilled in the functions associated with the master of ceremonies
  • Handle the introduction of other speakers at a club meeting
  • TIME :The duration of a club meeting. (To be arranged with the educational vice- president)

Note to the Evaluator

The speaker has been assigned to act as host, introducing the speakers at a club meeting in a way that would help them do their best and encourage the audience to listen with attention and anticipation. In addition to your oral evaluation, please write answers to the questions below.

Evaluation Guide

  1. Did the toastmaster make reference to the program to warm up the audience?
  1. Did the toastmaster refer to the other speakers and their topics?
  1. Did the  toastmaster  stimulate  the  interest  of  the  audience  and  start  the applause?
  1. Did the toastmaster make reference to the qualifications of the other speakers?
  1. Did the toastmaster highlight the other speakers’ backgrounds directly related to the subjects of the talks?
  1. Did the toastmaster convey too much information about the other speakers’ topics?
  2. Did the toastmaster wait for the other speaker to arrive at the lectern before sitting down?

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