Demonstration Speech Guidelines

Ms. Radlinger
Demonstration Speech
The Demonstration Speech is an informative speech design to show:
 how a process works
 how an activity is done
 how to assemble an object
SHOW (do not just tell) how a process, activity, or assembly are done while
verbally explaining each step of the process.
Do the demonstration while explaining each step and maintaining good
audience eye contact.
Know the proper name of each part or step of the process and make each
step/action visible to the audience.
Finally, entertain the audience!
Time: 5-7 minutes
100 KS pts
Possible topics:
How to Carve a Chicken
How to Change a Tire
How to Make a Cake
How to Snowboard
How to Play the Guitar
How to Take a Picture
How to Set up a Tent
How to Henna Tattoo
How to Make Jewelry
How to Swing a Bat
How to Make Sub Sandwiches
No really, really simple, stupid demonstrations like how to make kool-aid, or Jell-O or give a
demonstration speech. Been there. Done that.
Drawings or pictures of the object are not acceptable.
An assistant may be used; however, if the assistant screws up you are held accountable.
The object must be
The object, activity or process must not pose any danger to the audience or the speaker.
Demonstrations outside classroom require prior approval! You need to make arrangement to use
the gym, the pool or culinary room. You must have written permission from the person in
The speaker must provide material to clean up any mess made in the demonstration area. Do not
bother the culinary teacher by running down to borrow a forgotten utensil or clean dishes.
All materials should be set up quickly and in an organized fashion.
All materials should be cleared away from the speaking area as quickly as possible. Arrange for
someone to help pass out any samples and help with the clean-up.
NO GUM!!!!!
LARGE enough for everyone in the audience to see.
TYPE & TURN IN a proper outline before the speech!
You may use the body portion of the outline or notecards while presenting.
I. Introduction in complete sentences and memorized:
A. Attention getter
B. Benefit Statement
C. Preview Statement (thesis)
Body of Speech
A. List of materials or ingredients needed to conduct procedure.
B. List of tools or utensils needed to complete procedure.
C. Steps presented clearly and systematically.
1. Arrangement of materials planned out.
2. None of essentials left out.
3. Chronological order.
III. Conclusion in complete sentences and memorized
A. Closing signal
B. Review
C. Closing comment
____ 5 transitions - highlighted
____ 5 notations for amplification
(i.e. gestures, volume, rate, pause...
label them clearly)
Visual Aids
4. VA displayed only while discussing.
2. LARGE enough for audience to see.
5. Talk to the audience not to visual aid.
3. Displayed where audience can see them. 6. Explain the visual aid clearly.
If you borrow any information you must have a Works Cited; however, this information
should come directly from you. DO NOT copy an outline off the Internet!!!!
Visual Aids
1. Prepare all visual aids neatly and carefully.
2. Make visual aids LARGE.
3. Keep it simple – no clutter.
4. Use striking colors and thick lines.
1. Object
2. Model – scaled down, 3D
3. Map – geographical relationships
4. Chart – diagrams, tables, illustrations.
5. Graph – visual depiction of numerical relationships: line, bar, pie.
6. Chalkboard or Eraser board illustration – write as you speak
7. Transparency or projector
8. Audio recording
9. Video recording
1. Use pointer if appropriate.
2. Hold the pointer in the hand closest to the chart as you stand facing your audience.
3. Use the pointer to show the elements you are talking about AS you talk about them.
4. Display the chart only as you are talking about it. In other words give your introduction,
turn on the overhead give the body portion of the speech and turn off the overhead and
give conclusion.
5. Make sure everyone can see the visual aid.
6. Allow enough time for the audience to see the visual aid.
Speech Critique
Ms. Radlinger
Demonstration Speech
____ Attention Getter -Type clear?
34 points
6 points
Relate topic to audience.
Arouse curiosity of the audience.
Startle the audience.
Question the audience.
Begin with an effective quote.
Tell a story.
Aroused Interest?
Purpose/Benefit/Slope Statement
6 points
4 points
____ Thesis - clear
_____ Memorized
_____ “My speech is about...”
10 points
10 points
minus 5 points
Body of Speech
10 points each
____ outline typed
____ outline in proper outline format
____ major steps (A,B,C…)
____ list of materials and/or tools
____ 5 amplifications –highlighted
(gestures, volume, rate, pause...)
____ 5 transitions - highlighted
60 points
34 points
_____ Signal the end – “In conclusion…”
_____ Review & Reinforce main ideas or steps.
_____ Closing Comment- Brought all the points together.
_____ Memorized
_____ Interesting/clever/creative
6 points
6 points
4 points
10 points
8 points
___ eye contact
___ posture
___ volume
___ annunciation
___ pacing
____well prepared
____ appropriate object & visual aid
____ samples or audience participation
_____ TIME
(5-7 minutes) 20 points
10 points
4 points
4 points
4 points
10 points
8 points
Total ________/200