Time for a Change: Persuasion

It’s time for a change.  A change in someone’s mind.  Whose?  I don’t know!  It’s up to you because it’s time for your persuasion speech!

Persuasion Speeches

The first thing you have to understand about persuasion is that you’re asking for change from the current situation. Change is difficult.  People fight wars over change.  So expected to change someone’s mind isn’t just a “ok, I’ll say a few words and everyone will agree with me.”

Doesn’t work like that.  If it did, we wouldn’t see the same advertisements over and over.  We’d only need to hear it once and we’d all agree, right?  Apparently not. Continue reading “Time for a Change: Persuasion”

How Did that Speech Make You Feel?

Storytelling is as much about the feelings in the listener as it is about the content of the story.  How did the storytelling speech make you feel?

That’s why we had a different evaluation form for you today.  Today’s speech evaluations will never leave your hands.  It’s for you to analyze –

YOURSELF!

Make You Feel?

Instead of focusing on your own skills today, we’re going to take a backdoor approach to your own skills.

I don’t know why this is true, but it is.

The things you notice in someone else’s speech are the things you need to fix in your own speeches.

That’s weird, but it’s true.

  1.  Did you think today’s speakers did a good job of creating feelings in you?
  2.  Did the speaker use good hand gestures?
  3.  Did the speaker’s body language convey a non-verbal part of the story?
  4. Did the speaker’s vocal variety help you to understand the different characters?

How you respond to those questions tells you what you need to work on in your speeches.

 

Speaker Evaluation of Yourself

The storytelling evaluations will be important to you after Thanksgiving.  Don’t lose them!

Make a few notes about your feelings, yes, but the speech evaluation form I gave you focuses mostly on speaker skills.

  • Eye contact
  • Body language
  • Vocal variety.

Looking back, do you see an improvement in how you are presenting in class?

(In case you’re wondering, I’ve seen all of you improve immensely!  I’m so proud of all of you!)

 

Homework assignment:

  1.  Our next speech will be persuasion.  You might want to think of something you want to persuade you parents about – getting a pet, getting your license, getting another baby brother… and start thinking about what you may want to say to them.
  2. Nothing else!  If you’re not on the speaker list for this week, you’ll be speaking next time – the week after Thanksgiving.  You’ll need to practice during the break, of course, but I’m looking forward to the break as well!

 

See you later, alligators!