Riley COM 181 – Public Speaking Demonstration Speech Speech = 60 points Outline = 20 points In-class evaluation of peer speeches = 10 points Time limits: Sources: Notes: Visual aids: 3-5 minutes 3 May use up to 1-4x6” note card Required From the workbook: DEMONSTRATION SPEECH: 3-5 minutes – 3 sources required A demonstration speech is a type of informative speech. It may have either of two purposes: a. to actually show the audience how to do something (the audience is taught a skill, such as how to tune a guitar or how to place a bet at Keeneland); b. to explain to the class how something operates (the audience is given insight into a process without necessarily having to duplicate it, such as how a solar panel creates energy or how a microwave oven works). In a demonstration speech, each step must be demonstrated precisely and correctly for comprehension and ultimate duplication. Steps in a demonstration should be previewed, executed, summarized, and then repeated in slow motion. Or a speaker may execute steps, repeat steps, and execute steps again. Demonstration speeches offer an excellent opportunity for audience involvement. Look for ways to do this. Also, remember to maintain your commentary during the demonstration. Silent gaps in a presentation can be distracting. Also, in choosing a topic, be sure that you can demonstrate the skill or procedure or process in the allotted time. For this speech, you will be demonstrating something to the class. You can choose to do this by either showing us how to do something (see option “a” in the above workbook description) or explain how something works (see option “b” in the above workbook description). Make sure that you choose a topic that you can adequately tackle in the 3-5 minute time limit and that can easily be broken down into 2-5 steps or parts. Please see your syllabus for the outline due date and speaking day(s). Please avoid the following topics: hand washing, safer sex/reproduction, pet washing, any illegal activities (e.g. how to hack a computer, make meth, etc.), and topics that you believe the audience already knows about (e.g. the process for making ice cubes, etc.) or can already do (e.g. how to turn on the television). During your presentation, you should also avoid bringing any of the following items as a part of your visual aid: explosives, fireworks, incendiary devices, firearms, knives, swords, personal weapons, ammunition, biohazard materials (blood, bodily fluids, etc.), pornography, live animals, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, controlled substances, pepper spray, or tear gas. Please use common sense when choosing your topic and deciding on a visual aid. The outline should be no more than 2 pages in length and should include an APA style reference list. Please use 12point, Times New Roman font with 1” margins and regular character spacing. An outlining template and example will also be provided online to further help you as you prepare your presentation. Both your topic and outline MUST be checked before you will be allowed to present. On your speaking day, please bring: • “COM 181 Evaluation Form: Demonstration Speech” (available on the class website) with your name and topic written on it • A copy of your outline • 2 copies of the “Peer Evaluation Form” (available on the class website) with your name and topic written on the top section of the forms Plan to arrive on time. If you are running late for any reason, please wait outside the classroom until the speaker has finished her/his presentation. The speaking order will be randomly assigned. If you are not present when it is your turn, you may not be allowed to speak. During presentations, plan to be a respectful, participative audience member. All cell phones should be turned off or silenced. Please do not talk, read, do work for other classes, sleep, etc. Any disrespect to your fellow speakers will result in your being asked to leave the classroom immediately (any work you for this reason miss will be an automatic “0” and cannot be made up). If you are absent on your speaking day, you may only make up the speech if you have documentation for an excused absence. Per the syllabus policy, unexcused absence on a day where anyone is presenting will result in an automatic 20 point penalty.