This assignment provides you the opportunity to observe ad critically evaluate a live speech outside to the classroom. You may select any speech that has been delivered since the beginning of the semester. Some suggestions are church sermons, live televised political speeches (State of the Union, convention addresses, etc.), guest lecturers in a classroom (not the instructor of record). Take copious notes, even tape the speech if you can. Your analysis will culminate in a 5-10 page paper.
Possible Areas of Analysis
Organization: Introduction, Body, conclusion, Transitions, Order of Ideas
Content: Relation to Audience, Use of Logical Appeals, Use of Emotional Appeals, Supporting Material (Examples, Statistics, Quotes, Illustrations, etc.)
Delivery: Poise, Body Movement and Use of space, Gesturing , Eye Contact, Vocal Variety (tone, pitch, volume, rate)
There are three specific types of discussion I am looking for in these analyses:
4. Description – what was said, how it was said, etc.
5. Interpretation – how does this affect the audience, why does it affect the audience, etc.
6. Evaluation – was the particular strategy effective, why, why not
“The speaker opened with a story involving a rabbi, a priest and a Buddhist monk. This is an introductory strategy using humor in the hopes of gaining the audience’s attention and helping them relax. This was an ineffective strategy for this audience of mixed cultures. Even though it was intended to introduce the speaker’s topic of subtle racism, it hurt his credibility by making himself look racist initially. In turn, it becomes more difficult for the audience to listen.”
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