Review the guidelines for critically evaluating speeches given in the textbook and in the learning activities.
View one of the following speeches: The History of YouTube, Depression is an Illness, Not a WeaknessMichelle Obama Calls on You to ServeReducing Carbon Pollution in Our Power Plants.
Write a four to the six-page critique of the speech you chose. It might be helpful to watch the speech you have chosen to evaluate, twice.
Did the speaker choose a topic that was relevant and interesting to the audience, with a clear purpose?
Did the speaker ensure that his or her topic was researched adequately?
What in particular interested you most in this speaker and their topic?
Did the speaker deliver an introduction that gained attention and oriented the audience?
Was the speech clear, vivid, appropriate, well-organized, and powerful?
Was each main point adequately supported?
Did the speaker create a speech with a personal style by asking direct questions and creating immediacy?
Did the conclusion summarize the thesis and provide closure?
Did the speaker use effective volume, eye contact, speech rate, pausing, and gestures?
What recommendations, if any, would you give the speaker to improve upon their speech?