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 –


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!


Presentation Skills Put Your Body Into Your Speech

Presentation skills are the difference between a speech and an essay.  When I’m reading an essay, I can put in any emphasis I want.

Consider this poem.

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!

Read it out loud with a deep voice, taking your time with each word.

Now do it again in a sharp, high-pitched, scared voice.

One voice is the executioner and the other is the prisoner.  Which one do you think is which? Continue reading “Presentation Skills Put Your Body Into Your Speech”

A quick quiz about you

Your assignment for the next class (due August 27) is to read How to Write a Speech in the class notes.  This covers some of the technical details about speeches and about your voice.

Please read it and then…

I created a quick quiz for you.

A quick quiz button


Yes, a quiz.

And another quick quiz about the syllabus.

Take the Syllabus Test too!


Please complete this before August 24.  I will collect the answers then and we will discuss them during the class on August 27.

Why do you have to take a quick quiz on the syllabus?

Normally, we would take time to review the syllabus during class so you have time to understand my requirements and what I expect you to do in the class.

Because this is a speech class, I do expect you to speak in class!  (I don’t know of any other class that does that!)

But what’s the deal with the kilts? Continue reading “A quick quiz about you”