Speech of Introduction
Delivery day: Tuesday, December 17, 1999

This is a speech introducing a classmate. This assignment emphasizes distilling information about yourself into a concise thesis, outlining, and organizing your material around a theme. The minimum length of this speech is 1.5 minutes; the maximum is 2 minutes.

Keep in mind that the class will hear 20+ introductory speeches. Simply a list of the other person's activities, the reasons they are at MTU, or an overview of their life history may not distinguish them adequately. A theme or a metaphor is a good way to make your speech interesting and to organize it. The goal of this speech is to provide information about another person through an interesting and memorable association.

Extemporaneous Speaking
This class will emphasize extemporaneous speaking. Extemporaneous speaking is well-prepared, but not memorized, read, or impromptu. A memorized or read speech will not be acceptable. The speech read from a manuscript is more obvious than a memorized one, but a memorized speech often appears mechanical, limits eye contact, and allows for little adaptation for you audience. A good extemporaneous speech is carefully prepared. The speaker often has the support of an outline and perhaps a few notecards. The notecards are typically for the limited purpose of quoting someone else's exact words or for reading some specific data.

Outline (20% of total grade)
You must turn in an outline when you give you speech. It should contain the following:

  • Title
  • Purpose
  • Thesis (a sentence or two giving the overall point)
  • Theme or Metaphor
  • Introduction (written out)
  • Outline of the main point and support (full sentences)
  • Conclusion (written out)


Evaluation criteria for the Introductory Speech (80% of total grade)

  • Introduction
    • Was it interesting?
    • Did it provide a thesis?
    • Did it provide a theme?

  • Body
    • Did the body have identifiable main points?
    • Did the main points have support?
    • How well did the main points and support points promote the thesis?
    • Did the theme make the information interesting and memorable?

  • Conclusion
    • Did it give an overview of the main points, emphasize the theme and thesis, and prove a memorable last impression?

  • Delivery
    Did the speaker often make eye contact with the audience?
    Were there any disruptive mannerisms or vocalizations?
    Did the rate of speech or the volume help or hinder the speaker?