Posted: February 4th, 2021
The informative speech—at least 500 words
Below are the guidelines for the Informative Speech. Refresh your memory of the requirements before you record your speech. Remember when recording your speech that you must have an audience of at least 6 adults (over the age of 16), and you must pan the audience before you speak, begin speaking without stopping the tape, and then pan the audience again at the conslusion of your speech. Make sure you begin your recording with your name and the speech you are presenting (i.e. Process speech) and make sure you follow the guidelines for recording speeches, available in the Resources section of our course.
Click the link above to submit your speech, preparation outline, speaking outline, bibliography, audience analysis tally and analysis paragraph. Remember that in order for a speech to be counted as on time, you must submit all the required documents along with the speech video.
After you submit your video, watch the speech again and complete the self-evaluation.
TIME LIMIT: 4-6 Minutes
- To increase the audience’s knowledge and understanding of a particular concept, object/person, or event.
- To use a variety of supporting materials in order to add depth to your speech, to add evidence in support of your ideas, and to maintain your audience’s interest in the topic.
- To use descriptive language, effective delivery techniques, and self-evaluation in order to increase speaker effectiveness.
Your second formal informative speech is designed to help you further develop speech making skills. You may give your speech on a PERSON, PLACE, CONCEPT or EVENT, but not on a process because that was the requirement for your first informative speech. A variety of topics would be appropriate. For example, you might present a biographical sketch of Winston Churchill, or you might research and explain the extent and causes of alcoholism or drug abuse, the significance of the battle at Gettysburg, the causes of the landslide election in 1932, or the growth of cable television. Some topics might lend themselves to persuasive as well as informative presentations. However, you should stick to informing your audience for this speech. (Do NOT tell the audience what they should do or believe or that something is a problem or beneficial – because that would get into your opinion and that would be persuasive.) A visual aid should be used for this presentation.
REQUIREMENTS & EVALUATION CRITERIA:
- Your speech should be effectively organized, outlined, introduced and concluded as you did for the last speech.
- You must orally cite at least 5 references in your presentation. Your examples, statistics and quotations will support your main points and must be cited in 1) your speech, 2) your speech outline, and 3) your bibliography. Not citing your sources in any of those three (3) places will constitute PLAGIARISM and will result in an F grade for the presentation or possibly the course. You must use a minimum of three (3) different types of sources (book, magazine, newspaper, journal article) in your bibliography. Be sure to use proper bibliographic format (APA style) for each citation.
- You should administer an audience analysis questionnaire in Session 8 (with 2 fixed-alternative questions, 2 scale questions, and 2 open-ended questions – see text example on page 112) using Survey Monkey (www.surveymonkey.com). A tally of your survey results and typed paragraph describing what you did in developing the speech to adapt to your audience must accompany the outline (you can make them all in one document to attach to your speech in Connect). You should plan to mention your survey results in your speech. See supplemental handout – “Creating a Survey Monkey” in Session 8.
- Your preparation outline must be prepared and typed following formal outline format (see the 10 Rules for Outlining under Resources in Blackboard). You may request your instructor to review a draft copy of your outline ahead of time.
- Your speech must be delivered extemporaneously (conversationally) from notes. Do NOT prepare a speech manuscript (i.e. write out your speech verbatim); do NOT memorize a manuscript. Be sure your note card is clear, concise, brief, and easy for you to see while delivering your speech.
- Attach both your Preparation Outline and Speaking Outline to the assignment in Connect. After you submit the video, there is a place to attach documents. Browse your computer to find your Preparation Outline, then click on <+ add additional files> and browse again to attach your Speaking Outline. In order for your speech to count as “on time” you must submit both your Preparation Outline and your Speaking Outline at the time you submit your video and by the due date on the calendar.
- Practice your speech several times before you deliver your speech in front of your audience. Check the timing to know what will fit in the 4-6 minute time limit and make cuts as necessary.
- After you submit your speech video, you should watch your video again, and complete the self-evaluation on Connect. This counts as part of your speech grade.
- This assignment is worth a possible 150 points. Evaluation criteria include: Speech Preparation Outline & Speaking Outline, Introduction, Organization, Content Development, Use & Citation of Supporting Materials, Language, Delivery, Conclusion and overall Audience Centeredness.
Checklist of Items Due:
__ Typed Preparation Outline & Bibliography
__ Audience Analysis Questionnaire with Tally & typed paragraph describing what you did to adapt to the audience
__ Speaking Outline (notecard)
“Creating a Survey Monkey” in Session 8:
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