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.
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:
(a sentence or two giving the overall point)
of the main point and support (full sentences)
Evaluation criteria for the Introductory Speech (80% of
it provide a thesis?
it provide a theme?
the body have identifiable main points?
the main points have support?
well did the main points and support points promote
the theme make the information interesting and memorable?
it give an overview of the main points, emphasize
the theme and thesis, and prove a memorable last
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