Speech Assignment Sheet {a how-to manual} [be sure to read this item in its entirety]

SPECIFICATIONS FINALIZED - last update = 11/24/16 / some 15ed pages pending






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SUBMISSIONS: Preliminary [including PPSAP]  /  Final [including 2 changes for this presentation only]



PRESENTATION DATES: (both classes) _12/5/16 , 12/7/16 , 12/12/16__In the next week or so, each person will receive a specific presentation date. Volunteering is strongly encouraged. You can include a preferred date when you email your topic and/or your PPSAP. As always, refer to the Presentation Schedule   to be finalized by 12/2-1:00pm  for the assigned dates & jobs.


LENGTH OF PRESENTATION:TOTAL!  LS =  7 to 8 minutes   TOTAL [to be used strategically] [you will be stopped if you go overtime.]  [for large class = 6-7]

*HINT:  If you want to have an effective presentation,  don't use this extra time to: 
<1> squeeze in more points                or
<2> tackle topic that is too broad        or
<3> slowly set up your visual/presentation aids       or

<4> spend time trying to fix a technical difficulty  (if things aren't working, move on)          or
<5> get on your soapbox & present a topic from an informative &/or speaker-centered perspective  


Instead, the extra time should be used for employing well rounded & strategically structured persuasive principles in order to target your audience (i.e.  the people in THIS class)  (Use the guidelines from your notes, from Chapter 17 (13e= Ch16)& from the online slide shows/tutorials in MindTap & Blackboard)

This means you'll need to use a variety of communication techniques as covered this semester. Also you will want to demonstrate creativity  & communicator competence in the way you develop your  supporting materials for "PROVING" your persuasive "argument." (a.k.a. supporting your thesis statement with evidence and reasoning--[In Persuasive speaking, the thesis is often called the "proposition"]


TOPICS: As always, specific topics are up to the individual. Successful persuasion aims to satisfy the audience's needs  (e.g. relevancy) as well as the interests & enthusiasm of the speaker (e.g. advocacy). Topics are first-come, first served and will need to be screened for appropriateness by the Professor.  The topic reservation process will start in Mid November. Email your choice directly to the Professor who will maintain an online topics-reservation-list linked to the course calendar.



 1. All presentations should demonstrate your comprehension of the following course concepts:


 2.  Outlining & speech structure will be major factors of consideration and grading. 

 3. The presentation delivery must be EXTEMPORANEOUS. Points will be deducted if you deliver from a word-for-word manuscript.
            HINT:  This also means that your preparation needs to be extemporaneous, as well. An extemporaneous  speech is NOT simply saying an essay out loud.  Resist the temptation to write out major passages  in  word-for-word format as you prepare. Also, as you rehearse, try out slightly different wordings as you practice.


  4.  Remember, persuasion is all about AFFecting your the listeners--not simply expressing an opinion.   [You definitely will need to make use of class notes, the text  [esp. Chap 17 (13e= Ch16)] ,  the online slide show, Blackboard tutorials and appropriate outside reading

 5. Visual aids are strongly recommended (as long as they don't disrupt timing). In fact, some people may need to fulfill your Presentation Graphics requirement.
                HINT:  When they are well integrated into the oral message, visual/audio presentation aids greatly assist the ETHOS & PATHOS components of persuasion .


 6. Use your text's Persuasive Speech Evaluation Checklist [Fig 17.3 on p.433 / [Fig 17.3 on p.433[ Fig 16.4on  p.407-8 (13e) in order to evaluate yourself as you practice your presentation.   page numbers to be updated


 I.  Preliminary submission:  For this presentation, you are required to submit a Preliminary Persuasive Speech Plan  (aka "Adaptation Plan" - [see p. _________ 435 in your text
[variations exist on p.435 in 14e // p.409 in 13e  ])   page numbers to be updated Using your chosen persuasive  topic, complete all 5 bullets: items 1-5  within the "Sample Speech Plan and Outline "  section.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT YOUR USUAL OUTLINING ASSIGNMENT! Follow the directions carefully & please note that this assignment differs from anything you have done so far. This "PPSP" should be posted to me via e-mail A.S.A.P - preferably by  Sun 11/27 but absolutely no later than Tuesday 11/29.  Earlier submission makes it more likely you will receive a timely response.

II. Final submission:  Note these changes in our standard operating procedure for submitting the final, hardcopy version of your presentation outline---

____Change #1:____

> This time you will be submitting a printed, hardcopy, packet for your final Persuasive Speech outline   -- containing these   components:

  1)  The usual extemporaneous outline, with all its parts & using correct outline format  {note: Don't rely on your word processing program to give you the correct outline format}
  2)  plus the Bibliography (at least
3 sources). Use standard bibliography format. ( APA or MLA) see below***


   3) plus  the "Page 2" -- This is an extra page with 1-2 paragraphs in which you  specifically explain your use of the elements & techniques of persuasion. This  explanation  also should discuss how you used them and why you selected the particular textbook elements that you did [Chapter 17  (13ed=Ch16 ) ]. [i.e. Tell me which  persuasive  strategies  you have employed & why]  


____Change #2:_____

 > At least one session before your presentation date,  you must submit this hardcopy, 3-part, final, speech outline packet  described above.
 > However, this one-session-in-advance-requirement  is waived for those people who are scheduled to speak on the first day of presentations.




*** REMINDER: Several people lost points this semester by over overlooking this detail:  Internet source citations must list at the very least, the [1] URL, [2] the Title of the particular Webpage you used, [3] the Date that you accessed the page & [4] (If available) the last date that the page itself was updated. It is not sufficient to just list "web" or to just list a URL.  It  also would  be wise to refer to the guidelines in the Department of Communication's Policy on Academic Honesty .


 NOTE:  If you have any questions or issues about your topic, your outline, or your audience-centered strategies, contact your professor.