Today will be the last class given for your preparation of the upcoming speech presentations. Please work your way down the following checklist to make sure you’ve completed these steps and considered each element:
- __ Speech is 100% written
- __ Read your speech aloud (or mouth it silently in class) and time it to find out how long it will be when presented. (You cannot just “read” it; reading length and “speaking” length will differ.)
- __ Finish gathering your 6-8 images and 1 audio/video selection that will be part of your presentation.
- You can use YouTube for a video (music video/someone’s recorded vlog, etc) or try websites like CBC.ca for short video/audio clips. (On CBC, you can type things in the search bar “racism”, “affirmative action”, etc and find news articles that often have short video clips or sound recordings on them.)
- Figure out how you can save/present your video/audio. YouTube can be embedded into your PPT presentation or the audio link you find can be hyperlinked in your PPT.
- __ Put your images/media into your PPT. Remember these images are to enhance your presentation in the background, not distract from your presentation. Also remember you are only using the PPT program to display the images; you will not be writing text for the listeners to read (distracted by).
- __ Remember you are evaluated on the design of the PPT, including the template you use, colours, transitions or actions, etc. Your topic is serious, so you’ll want to take care to include slow(er) transitions between slides; you can change the length of time for the slide switch – faster slide switch isn’t as effective in a serious presentation as a slower switch between slides.
- __ In your written speech, indicate on your paper/index cards if you’re using them when you want each slide to change. You can use an asterics * on your speech to indicate this. Your selected images should be purposefully in order and align to what’s mentioned in your speech as they’re displayed.
- __ Your speech is going to be evaluated by how prepared/memorized it is. Read, read, read and re-read your speech to become familiar with it. Practice speaking it out loud at home in a serious voice – project your voice to your audience – rather than come to just read the speech out loud.
- __ Suggestion: You can also record yourself giving your Speech to listen to how you use your voice and the pauses you include.
I may determine later this week that you’ll have one more practice opportunity before the actual speech presentations at the end of the week.