TIME LIMIT: 2 to 3 minutes
TIMING CARDS: 1 minute, 30 seconds
GRACE PERIOD: 30 seconds after
APPLAUSE CUTOFF: 2 minutes after
DESCRIPTION: A short speech of self introduction aided with an object, visual aid or media aid. The speech should be delivered extemporaneously from brief notes that occupy no more than half a sheet of paper. Students should not "read" their speech, but strive for fluent delivery and frequent eye contact.
PROCESS: Decide how best to introduce yourself to the class--what significant aspect of your background, personality, values or ambitions you would like to share. Then select a visual aid that represents your ideas and serves as a visual aid that focuses the attention of the audience to your topic. Using the object or visual aid as a point of departure, develop a speech about yourself, not the object.
- Begin the development by constructing an outline as discussed in class and presented in your text. Remember, the preparation outline is the speech--spend substantial time working and reworking this outline before distilling it to a speaking outline. The preparation outline is worth 20 points--submit a fully developed and properly formatted preparation outline to get full credit. The outline must include the Specific Purpose, Central Idea, and Organizational Pattern along with all the other elements accurately phrased and hierarchically arranged. An outline template and a sample outline is online.
- Review notes and chapters on using visual aids. Will it aid the audience with attention, clarity and retention? If your visual aid is electronic, try it on the classroom computer before your speech day.
- The purpose of the speech is to introduce yourself to the class. In only 2-3 minutes you cannot tell us your life story; choose an aspect of you and your life, as represented by your visual aid, and only two or three points you wish to convey.
- Keep within the 2-3 minute time limit.
- Rehearse your speech several times from your outline before presenting in class.
- Pay particular attention to the introduction and conclusion.
- Make sure an organizational pattern is evident.
- Avoid a topical arrangement of your ideas, if possible
- Deliver extemporaneously; rehearse your speech outloud.
- Have a copy of your preparation outline (typed in a standard format) ready to turn in on the day of your speech. Preparation outlines are not accepted late.
EVALUATION: You will be evaluated on your organization and delivery of the speech. The specific elements considered are included on a separate evaluation sheet.