Outside speaker critique assignment

9 Feb

1.  Include the date and title of the speech, the name of the speaker along with his or her title or position.  Describe the introduction given to the speaker.  Did it make you want to listen to him/her?

2.  What was the subject of the speech?  Describe the audience.  Did the speaker speak to the level of his/her audience?

3.  Where and on what occasion was the speech given?

4.  What was the objectives or purpose of the speech?

5.  Did the speaker achieve his/her objectives or purpose?  Why or why not?

6.  Give examples of the kinds of support (statistics, graphs, video testimony, stories, examples) used by the speaker.  Were they effective?  Did they contribute to the speech?

7.  Describe the speaker’s platform behavior.  Include such details as posture, personal appearance, bodily movements, gestures, vocal characteristics and eye contact.

8.  Was the speaker’s delivery effective or ineffective?  Why?

9.  Describe the speaker’s use of language.  Include such details as volume, word choice, articulation, pronunciation, clarity, vividness, appropriateness, pausing, filler words, accent, and language devices.

10.  What was your overall reaction to the speech?  What was the audience’s reaction?

11.  What did you learn that will help you become a better speaker?

You can find this outside speaker critique format at the University of Vermont.

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One Response to “Outside speaker critique assignment”

  1. Benjamin J. Cline July 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    I plan on using a variation of this assignment at Western New Mexico University this fall. Thank you for making it available.

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