Speech Assignment Sheet [be sure to read this item in its entirety]updtd 10/14

"...same difference... "


          MAJOR  PRESENTATION #3 {"The Combo"}

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  The purposes of this presentation are: <1> to combine both the extemporaneous and manuscript  methods of speech delivery, and  <2>  for you to use the Comparison/Contrast approach of order of organization <3>  to improve on some of the features that didn't go quite right in the Informative presentations [ see list]



  >The major portion (approx 2&1/2-3 minutes) of your the presentation will be Extemporaneous (delivered from notecards)  and the other part (approx 30 sec-1 minute )will consist of reading a written excerpt/block quote that coordinates with  your presentation's goal and topic. An overall goal. An overal persor

    >Evaluators will not be using a specific rating sheet this time. Instead, they should write down  their own comments  (at least 4) on a sheet of paper AND  at least one potential question for the speaker (either to challenge-a-premise or a request-for-clarification) [i.e. evaluators will be handing in 4comments  + 1question]



1. The basic Theme of these presentations is "Same Difference". In other words, your speech's basic goal is to compare/contrast 2 different perspectives on the same issue. [ANY issue that you select.] Your general speech purpose can be to inform, to inspire, or to express an opinion--but it cannot be overtly persuasive.  

****added 10/27: ALTERNATE TOPIC CHOICE: Instead, you can elect to RE-VISIT the topic you used for your Informative Speech. Many people had topics that were too long for that time slot. If you want, you can go back and complete a focused & limited 'redo' of a portion of your Informative topic.

As you know from your studies in English composition, Comparison/Contrast is an organizational style that  highlights the similarities and the differences between 2 items. (also see chapter on Informative Speaking)
2. Prepare a "brief"[2& 1/2-3 min] speech on a concept/issue that interests you & can be thought of from a least 2 credible viewpoints.  

3. Find written excerpts from essays, articles, or literature selections that represent each of the different perspectives which you are discussing within the body of the speech. The selected excerpts should complement  your overall message. Insert the excerpts meaningfully and strategically, somewhere within the prepared, extemporaneous speech-- INTRO or BODY or CONC. 
4. Visual/presentation aids are optional for this presentation.  HOWEVER, you are strongly urged to utilize an appropriate aid technique. For all types of aids ( including computer projection)  please realize that you are expected to fully run your own equipment (which is an expectation of this course). The tech assistant will mostly be involved with the videorecording, but will be able to help you set up and/or troubleshoot.
5. Make sure the entire presentation is well coordinated, interesting and lasts from 3 to 4 minutes--TOTAL.  
 Any set-up of  presentation aids should take no longer than 30 seconds.

 {NOTE: I will not be giving time signals during this presentation, but, as always, timing will be factored into the presentation's grade.   You probably will want to  ask a classmate to give you time signals} 




      <a> on your skill with these two methods of delivery: extemporaneous + manuscript

     <b> on the logical development of the BODY portion of your message  [clearly using a specific order-of-organization  / refer to "Word(ing)  Main Points: pp. 284-288 - 14ed [  280-285 13e]  = [pp. 316-318 12e] [pp. 342-345-11e ]

    <c> on the smooth coordination of the various vocal & physical elements of your presentation.

       <d>  on the assignment's specifications: e.g. whether outline is handed in on time /whether the bibliography  [not just a "works cited" list] uses correct format /  whether the  presentation timing is within the specified time slot / whether there is evidence of individual improvement in communication competence




    The HARDCOPY submission requirements {ready to hand in BEFORE you give your presentation.}:

  [1] a correct, complete outline [including the Intro/Th.Stmt./Body/Conc],  {HARDCOPY,PRINTED - as always, ready to hand in BEFORE you give your presentation}: [review speech planner template]

 [2] a bibliography  [at least 1-2 sources],  Follow standard stylesheet (APA or  MLA ) for formatting]   and

 [3] a follow-up video critique sheet [click to see the critique sheet. Copy & paste in order to create a document to use for your email submission]  {FYI: This self critique constitutes an expanded "Personal Post Mortem" in which you will evaluate the audible &  organizational & visible aspects of your presentation. As you view yourself, pay particular attention to the presence [or absence of]"RAPPORT" (which is the opposite of "auto-pilot syndrome").}

         >  The " VidCrit"  is due -- via email -- within  one  week  of your presentation.   


[4] This time, the submission of a Preliminary version of the extemporaneous speech outline is  OPTIONAL for section GS.   However,if you want me to take a look at it, you should post it to me via E-mail  no later than   Thurs 10/30- 5:00 but, but sending it earlier makes it more likely I can send you a timely response!!   





VIDEORECORDING is planned for this presentation but as of this writing, the methodology is still TBD. . This will help you get a clearer idea of the visible aspects of your delivery style. Due to these special  time constraints of recording & replaying, instead of the usual volunteer method, be prepared to give your presentations in the order be prepared to give your presentations in the order indicated on the Presentation Schedule  and projector users will present adjacent to each other.  This schedule will be posted extra early (sometime during spring break. Let me know NOW if you would prefer a particular date or a particular slot. 
    This videotaping will take place in the Speech Laboratory FH:58A  (your usual classroom).       Stay tuned for details & have your audio recording device with you--just in case.



 During these 3 class sessions, the class actually will split up: 

All students will report to FH:58A to "check in", but only that day's speakers will remain in the classroom. The rest of the class members will then go elsewhere {anywhere} to work in their groups (for planning the upcoming Group Presentation ).
As usual, attendance will be taken on all days so be sure to sign in.


    * You should bring in your own, audiorecording device, as backup /

   * The special, video self critique form is due to be completed & returned via email within 1 week of the presentation/

    * Plan carefully for such specifications as TIMING ACCURACY, HARDCOPY OUTLINE FORMAT, SKILLFUL EXTEMPORANEOUS DELIVERY-i.e. conversational, but not colloquial. /

    * As always, you are expected to be present & prepared for all your assigned activities.






Some items of technique that need refinement by  many (but not necessarily all) speakers, include:

>Submitted outline missing prescribed items [review speech planner template]

> succumbing to the magnet-in-the-lectern syndrome

> inexperience with smoothly handling of laptop & visuals

>Introductons jumping too quickly from A-G to Th Stmt

>Conclusions omitting the review step and/or having a weakly delivered clincher

>Thesis Stmt not said with strategic vocal inflection & pausing in order to make it stand out to listeners

The main topic sections inb the body did not match/support/ explicitly tie in to the Thesis Statement

> ROUGH' computer graphics technique [ including: using powerpoint although not best choice for topic / small fonts / too much text/  slide layout,