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Check speeches ver3

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Checking the manuscript for a speech

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Check speeches ver3

  1. 1. Tonight: Testing your speech construction Do you have a WRITTEN SPEECH with you?
  2. 2. • An exercise in reflective learning In communication you do something and then stop to think about it to see how it can be done better.
  3. 3. • Communication works for those who work at it. • John Powell
  4. 4. Pre-manuscript • Do you have an informative topic? • Do you have a clear purpose statement? • Do you have a clear, direct, overt thesis? • Do you have a written outline for the speech? • Have you written a works cited page?
  5. 5. Thesis: One sentence that states your entire message. • Underline your thesis • Is your thesis a simple direct sentence? • Is it a statement and not a question? • Does it have who, what, where, how, why? • Does it contain multiple commas, conjunctions, phrases, or clauses? • If so, then your thesis needs to be revised.
  6. 6. Preview: Tells what is coming in speech. • Do you know the difference between thesis and preview? (It will be on the midterm exam). • The preview should be immediately after the thesis. Is that where your preview? • Does the preview list the main points in the speech in the same wording you will use in the body of the speech?
  7. 7. • Did you incorrectly combine thesis and preview? This is not Written English but spoken message. • Did you place the preview before the thesis? • Is the preview overt, clear, and direct? • If not, then you need to revise the preview.
  8. 8. Main points: 2-5 ideas which make up the parts of your message • Underline the main points in your speech. • Are the main points written as statements and not questions? • Are the main points direct, or do they contain multiple phrases, clauses, commas, and conjunctions? • Are the main points written as complete sentence and not a phrases or just a couple of words?
  9. 9. Main points • Does your main point start with a question word such as Who, What, When, How, or Why? • Please restate your main point as a sentence rather than a question. • Have you lead up to the main point with a signpost to verbally signal your audience? • Did you use generic signposts such as “now” or “also” Please revise.
  10. 10. Signposts and transitions • Have you lead up to the main point with a signpost to verbally signal your audience? • Did you use generic signposts such as “now” or “also” Please revise. • Have you transitioned between main points by linking them together smoothly and fluently?
  11. 11. Main points Does the main point contain a statistic? If so, you have confused supporting information and your main point. You need to revise. Does the main point contain the beginning of a story? If so, then you may have confused support with main point. Please revise.
  12. 12. Main points and supporting info • Does the supporting information under each of your main points directly and clearly prove the main point? • Is the information generally related but not exactly the main point? • If so, then you have a supporting information problem. Please note in the margin and revise
  13. 13. Supporting information • Does each main point have supporting information and not just a general explanation of what the point means? • Does each main point have a story, statistic, question, and quotation to support? • Label the types of support you used in the margins next to each section of supporting information.
  14. 14. Supporting information • Compare the length of writing under each main point. • Compare point #1 to point #2. • Compare point #2 to point #3 • Compare point #3 to point #1 • Is one point longer? One shorter? • If so, you have a balance problem, or a lack of support for at least one main point. • Note and revise
  15. 15. • Do you have a source citation for supporting information under each main point? • Does the source citation contain enough information that someone else can find the same information? • If not, revise
  16. 16. Support • Does the first main point have support of a story, statistic, question, or quotation? • Does the 2nd main point have support of a story, statistic, question, or quotation? • Does the 3rd main point have support of a story, statistic, question, or quotation?
  17. 17. Questions about Support • Have you used a book as support? • Have you used an interpersonal support? • Have you used mostly database support? • Is you used a source from the Internet, did you qualify the source? Did you proved the source to be peer reviewed or professionally edited?
  18. 18. Conclusion • Does your conclusion contain a summary of the main points? • Does it parallel or use the same language as the main points and the preview. • Does it restate the preview in the speech
  19. 19. Final thought • Do you have a vivid and compelling final thought? • Does it restate the thesis? • Does it call for immediate action or ask for a demonstration of understanding?
  20. 20. • Good communication does not mean that you have to speak in perfectly formed sentences and paragraphs. It isn't about slickness. Simple and clear go a long way. • John Kotte

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