Prepare a 4-5 minute extemporaneous persuasive speech.
You must use at least one visual aid in your speech.
(***not the dry-erase board/chalkboard)
You must use at least 3 varied sources for your information.
NO WIKIPEDIA AND ONLY 1 .COM ALLOWED. The rest need to be .org,
Use a variety of books, interviews, surveys, periodicals, newspapers, journals, statistics,
pamphlets, etc. The sources may not all be from the same Internet site.
EACH SOURCE from your MLA Bib must be mentioned once during the speech.
You must submit a 700 word minimum preparation outline and a
typed MLA bibliography for your speech. This must be handed in on the due
Review chapters, handout and class notes for bib/outline guidelines.
Outlines must follow TEXTBOOK formats discussed in
***MATCH AND ATTACH YOUR PREPARATION OUTLINE
AGAINST YOUR RUBRIC BEFORE YOU TURN IT IN.
***It is strongly suggested that you research your sources as early as possible and
submit the outline and bibliography before the due date.
Once you have completed a successful preparation outline—
then prepare keyword note cards from which to deliver this
report. YOU MAY NOT READ THIS SPEECH.
You should only GLANCE at notes from time to time.
***You may not speak from memory – Notes are required.
You are to deliver this speech in a conversational tone.
Rehearse your speech until you are comfortable with it and you are sure that it
fits within the time limits. It is recommended that you verbally rehearse your
finished speech at least 7 times. Speeches over or under TIME LIMITS will
receive a full grade deduction.
Speeches which run over/under time are proof that you did
not rehearse it out loud.
Deliver the report in an enthusiastic, interesting and extemporaneous
manner on your assigned date.
Please discuss the topic with me as soon as you have any ideas.
Try to select a topic that means something to you and then, make it matter to us.
Practice with your visual aids ahead of time.
NO OFFENSIVE MATERIALS (just ask!)
Make sure you bring tape, extension cords or any needed supplies for your speech!
You must get any type of food approved ahead of time from your instructor.
If you make a mess during your speech, you must clean it up!
Review In Text all chapters assigned related to persuasive speaking projects
Make sure there is a clear attention grabbing introduction (that does not reveal your
topic) & memorable, strategic, conclusion.
Do not begin your speech with: ―Today I am going to be speaking about.‖
Do not end you speech with: ―Well…that’s it!‖
You must use note cards for this speech. Make sure you rehearse with them.
***If you miss your assigned day—you grade will automatically be reduced one
full grade before you even begin.
You have one month to prepare…
The persuasive speech is the most important project you will complete in this course, for it
truly reflects what you have learned about both content and delivery. Obviously, I am
looking for a speech which reflects strategic, valuable, organized, researched content, and
an extemporaneous delivery with focus on power, eye contact, conversational tone and
vocal variety, as well as an understanding of how to adapt a message for a specific
You have been given a month to prepare this project.
If you miss your assigned day, you start with a full letter grade deduction.
If you miss a second time, you fail the speech.
You are not eligible to speak unless you have turned in a successful preparation outline in
advance. You cannot hand in an outline on the day of your speech. If you hand it in late, it
will receive late, deductions and you will not be able to give your speech on that day. This
means your speech will also then be marked late.
If at any time, you are just reading the speech, expect no better than a D for a grade..
You may not switch topics without discussing it with the instructor first.
Topics were reserved, in advance. You may not duplicate (even slightly) the
material in any other student’s speech. If you did not reserve a topic and attempt
to do another student’s topic on speech day—you will be asked to stop and receive
an “F” for the grade.
You must go on your assigned day and you must attend every day when speeches
are in session. You must arrive on time and cannot request to leave when your speech
is over. If you miss for any other reason than a documented medical illness, you lose
a full letter grade off for each day you are out.
Your speech MUST be EXACTLY between 4-5 minutes.
Only out-loud rehearsal 5 to 7 times can help you accomplish this goal.
**For every minute you go over/under, there is a one-full letter grade reduction.
YOU CANNOT HOOK UP ANY CABLES/MAKE ANY TEMPORARY
ADJUSTMENTS TO MERCER EQUIPMENT—no exceptions!
YOU WILL ONLY BE GIVEN A FEW MINUTES TO PREP YOUR VISUAL AID. Have it ready.
Have a backup in case your technology or, our technology fails you. You will still have to
give your speech, even if you forgot something. No exceptions! No whining. No
meltdowns! Today is the day!