Special Occasion Speeches by tak20026

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									SPECIAL OCCASION SPEECHES
A Comprehensive Guide to Speaking on Special
Occasions
BASIC INFORMATION
 Prepared for a specific occasion and purpose
 The occasion influences the content of the speech
 Can be informative or persuasive, but the goal is
  to:
       Entertain an audience (banquets, awards dinners)
       Celebrate a person, place, or event (weddings,
        anniversaries, retirement parties, awards dinners)
       Commemorate a person, place, or event
        (anniversaries, memorials, funerals)
       Inspire (inaugural addresses, keynote speeches,
        commencement speeches)
       Set a social agenda (fundraisers, cause-oriented
        organizations, campaign banquets, conventions)
TYPES OF SPECIAL OCCASION
SPEECHES
Speech of Introduction
 Focus on motivating the audience to listen to the
  upcoming speaker by:
     Establishing the speaker’s credibility by describing
      relevant facts about his/her background and
      qualifications for speaker
     Briefly describing the speaker’s topic and
      establishing its relevance to the audience
 Consider using quotes, short anecdotes, and
  startling statements to make the introduction
  compelling
 Keep remarks brief
TYPES OF SPECIAL OCCASION
SPEECHES
Speech of Acceptance
 Focus on expressing gratitude for the honor bestowed
  upon you by:
     Letting the audience know what the award means to you
     Expressing yourself genuinely and with humility
     Thanking each of the relevant persons or organizations
      involved in giving you the award by name
     Acknowledging team players or others who helped you
      attain the achievement for which you are being honored
   If you know you are to receive an award or think you
    may be honored, prepare a speech in advance.
TYPES OF SPECIAL OCCASION
SPEECHES
Speech of Presentation
 Focus on explaining the meaning of the award
  the reason it is being bestowed on the recipient
  by:
   Establishing the award’s credibility by explaining
    what it represents
   Explaining why the recipient is receiving the award.
TYPES OF SPECIAL OCCASION
SPEECHES
Roasts and Toasts
 Focus on the persons being honored by the event
  by:
     (Roasts): preparing a humorous tribute to the person
       Even if you’re poking fun at someone, keep your tone good-
        natured and positive- remember your overall purpose is still
        to pay tribute to the honoree
       Do not embarrass the person being honored- this makes the
        situation awkward
     (Toasts): paying brief tribute to the person or event
      being celebrated
         Highlight what sets the person apart from others
     Preparing remarks in advance
     Rehearsing any jokes in advance of presentation
TYPES OF SPECIAL OCCASION
SPEECHES
Eulogies
 Focus on paying tribute to the life of the deceased
  by:
   Staying in control of your emotions
   Focusing on the life of the person rather than the
    circumstances of his/her death
   Referring to family members of the deceased by name
   Emphasizing the person’s positive qualities
TYPES OF SPECIAL OCCASION
SPEECHES
After-Dinner Speeches
 Focus on providing a balance of insight and
  entertainment by:
   Recognizing the occasion and linking the theme of
    your speech to it
   Avoiding stand-up comedy- use humor in a way
    consistent with your personality
   Keeping an eye on the audiences comfort, especially
    when addressing serious issues and causes
TYPES OF SPECIAL OCCASION
SPEECHES
Inspirational Speeches
 Focus on uplifting the audience by:
   Appealing positively to the peoples’ emotions through
    vivid descriptions, emotionally charged words,
    repetition, alliteration, and parallelism
   Concentrating on creating positive speaker ethos (
    character)
   Considering the use of real-life stories and examples.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT
 Write and present a special occasion speech of
  your choice, except for speeches of presentation
  (those will be done next week!)
 Speeches should be a 2-5 minutes

 Prepare an outline typed, in MLA format to turn
  in on your presentation day (no works cited
  needed)
RUBRIC
Speeches will be worth 50 points. Each question is worth up to 5
  points.
                 CONTENT CONSIDERATIONS
       Was the speech prepared for a specific occasion/purpose?
             Was the topic appropriate and interesting?
           Was the language interesting and appropriate?
                    Was speaker credibility built?
                 DELIVERY CONSIDERATIONS
                    Was eye contact maintained?
          Were vocal qualities appropriate and interesting?
           Were facial expressions supportive and varied?
         Were gestures and movements effective and varied?
                             OUTLINE
             Was each component of the speech outlined?
                Was the speech typed in MLA format?

								
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