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Informative Speech Self-Evaluation

Submit a one-page evaluation of your informative speech in a Word (.docx) document. Consider the following areas.

  • Balance positive comments with areas of opportunity.
  • Use examples to support your comments.
  • Provide both honest and encouraging feedback aimed at your own awareness and improvement.

Grading Rubric

Summary: Provide a brief summary of your speech and describe initial impressions about your presentation. 10 Points

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Strengths and weaknesses: Multiple strengths and weaknesses are identified. A plan for future action is described clearly and concisely. 10 Points

Style and format are unified and adheres to APA standards. 5 Points

Total 25 Points

Informative Speech

This week, you will deliver your informative speech. Details for all presentations and for this speech are located under the Presentations Overview.

This is an individual speaking assignment, 3–5 minutes in length. This is a speech with the general purpose to inform. You will be required to conduct research, synthesize information, and remain objective about your topic. Resources that you gather should be current, credible, comprehensive, referenced orally (out loud during your speech), within the body of your outline, and in the references at the end of your outline. Please keep the following in mind.

  • The tone and messaging of the presentation should stay informative. Although you can bring yourself into the speech (making it personal), make sure you don’t share any opinions on your topic or try to convince your audience of anything. You should create a thesis statement that supports this and remains objective.
  • You should document at least three quality sources in a references list, parenthetically on the outline and orally during the presentation. Review the DeVry Brainshark referred to in the week’s lesson as well as the library guides created specifically for our course. Websites should be from reputable well-respected experts/resources in your topic area.
  • Your presentation should have a fully developed beginning, middle, and ending.
  • Extemporaneous delivery is expected for this presentation. (Have a strong introduction and conclusion prepared, while relying on limited notes during the body of your speech so that you are making lots of eye contact throughout.)

Instructions for Recording: You have several different options for recording your presentations for this course, including a multimedia piece (i.e., a video, poster, PowerPoint, narrated PowerPoint, etc.) Although submitting a cell phone video is an option, it is not ideal as the recording is often not of the best quality. Creating a YouTube account and submitting a YouTube link is acceptable as well.

Please be sure to review the recording guidelines from Week 1: prepare, practice, record, and review. Although practicing in front of people is always a great idea, speaking in front of a live audience is not a requirement for this presentation.

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