OF SPEECHES ARE USED BY SPD 100 (PUBLIC SPEAKING) STUDENTS AND SPD 110
(INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION) STUDENTS.
GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN CREATED BY PROFESSOR BRYANT
This is an informative speech in which the student is supposed to explain a
process. The student is to use visual aids and must actually go through the
action of making or doing the activity chosen. There must be a finished
product. This is not just a "show & tell" but the process actually has to be
done in class. The goal for this speech is for the student to concentrate on
"doing" and not their note cards. Quickly the students realize they can
speak with confidence about a topic they already know a great deal about.
Some research is suggested so specific details can give "depth of knowledge"
to the presentation.
This assignment concentrates more on research. The student may select any
topic he wish es, but the key is to give "unknown" information to his
audience. Therefore, the student must narrow the topic so that in 5-7
minutes he can give "depth of knowledge." Visual aids are required. The
speaker must be objective in writing the presentation and may not take a pro
or con position.
assignment requires the student to take a position on a topic and attempt to
reinforce the audience's feelings, change their minds, and/or motivate them
to action. The student should have done some type of audience analysis to
know how the class feels about this topic so the student can better form his
argument. The majority of the class should not be in complete agreement with
the student's position on the topic. Frequently, just rewording the specific
purpose statement can give the speech a different focus. For example, "I
intend to persuade my classmates to insist that their passengers wear seat
belts when riding in their car." As opposed to "Wear seat belts" which the
audience already does as indicated from their questionnaire. This topic may
or may not be controversial. A specific plan or request for the audience is
more effective in persuasion rather than a general goal.
This speech is required for SPD 100 students to use critical thinking skills
and to construct sound arguments focused at their specific audience. All
types of evidence may be used. A call to action may be appropriate depending
upon their topic. The student should use ethos, logos, and pathos.
or special occasion speech:
This speech may honor or praise an individual, event, or occasion. Special
attention should be given to vivid language. If describing someone, use
words that will draw in the minds of the audience a visual picture. Evoking
a sense of pride, honor, appreciation, or affection may be appropriate.
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