Test-Out Speech Specifics

Test-Out Speech
Length: 8-10 Minutes
Goal: Develop a policy focused speech on a topic that is two-sided, with
the goal of changing the attitudes, values, and/or actions of your
audience in a well-organized, audience-oriented presentation.
Skills to demonstrate:
1. Illustrate that you know the difference between informative and
persuasive approaches.
2. Organize the speech! -- Use an appropriate organizational pattern
for the claim of policy you are making.
3. Research the topic -- you'll need three outside references. You may
use one web site as a reference.
4. Develop a specific purpose statement and central idea.
5. Outline the speech in proper outlining form for your preparation
6. Select and develop an audio/visual aid that supports and extends
your message.
7. Develop a bibliography page
10. Come up with a compelling attention getter and ending statement
11. Make an appeal to emotion.
12. Decide on the reasoning method that you will use (Cha. 16).
13. Provide a Call to Action
14. Develop a speaking outline.
15. Deliver the speech extemporaneously.
An introduction with...
An attention getter
A credibility statement
A thesis / central idea -In a persuasive speech dealing with a question of policy, the central idea
statement should tell us the position you are taking on this topic. Ex.:
Landfills carry the threat of toxins and should not be built in residential
A relevancy statement
A preview
A transition to the body
The body of the speech should have...
An appropriate organizational pattern, based on the claim
that you are making
An emotional appeal (which doesn't have to be in the body; it
could be in the introduction or conclusion)
Distinct main points
Transitions between main points
An internal summary or an internal preview
Oral footnotes, which means citing your references ALOUD in
the body of your speech (and in the introduction/conclusion
if you use any there).
A conclusion that includes the following:
A summary of the main points of the speech
Restatement of thesis / central idea
An ending with a "clincher" or memorable statement
Make eye contact! -- look at everyone in the room.
Be enthusiastic and expressive.
Be extemporaneous: don't read your notes.
Gesture. Don't just be a talking head.
Try to avoid the “um's”, “er’s”, “uh’s” etc.
Use your voice: Change your rate, change your volume.
Pause. Be dramatic.
Try to move out from behind the podium. Move from one
side of the room to another when making a new point.
PRACTICE ! And then practice some more! The practice
makes a difference…
Your speech will be assessed as pass/fail based on the following items.
See the Comm 111 Score Sheet for more specifics.
# of sources required
8-10 minutes
At least 3
Preparation Outline required Best Practices
Visual/Audio Aids