Engage in the first six steps of preparing a speech, including selecting a topic, analyzing your audience, researching your topic, collecting supporting materials, developing main points, and organizing your speech materials.
Practice the final four steps of preparing a speech, including wording a speech, constructing a delivery outline, and rehearsing a speech.
Review the steps for preparing and delivering an effective speech that you explored in the textbook and in the learning activities.
Prepare a four to six page persuasive or informational essay on a topic of your choice.
Use the following checklist to ensure that your speech is effective:
Choose a topic that is relevant and interesting to your audience, with a clear purpose.
Ensure that you adequately research your topic.
Include an introduction that gains attention and orients the audience.
Be sure that your speech is clear, vivid, appropriate, well-organized, and powerful.
Be sure that each main point is supported adequately.
Create a speech with personal style by asking direct questions and creating immediacy.
Be sure that your conclusion summarizes your thesis and provides closure.