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  • Determining Clarity of Information/Support

    Is the specific purpose statement for the speech clearly stated in the introduction of the speech?

    Determining Clarity of Information/Support

    Are the main points of the speech previewed in the last sentence of the introduction?

    Determining Clarity of Information/Support

    Are visual/presentational aids used when necessary to clarify information in the speech?

    Determining Clarity of Information/Support

    Is supporting material (i.e. illustrations, descriptions and explanations, definitions, analogies, statistics and opinions) used appropriately to clarify the message?

    Determining Clarity of Information/Support

    Is language choice appropriate for the audience (i.e. grammatically correct, imaginative, and creative, gender neutral) to make the message clear?

    Determining Clarity of Information/Support

    Are words pronounced correctly to avoid confusion and to clarify the message?

    Determining Clarity of Delivery

    Are sounds formulated clearly and crisply for the audience to understand the message?

    Determining Clarity of Delivery

    Does the speaker use vocal variety (i.e. variations in rate, pitch, and volume) to achieve a dynamic and conversational delivery style that supports and clarifies the verbal message?

    Determining Clarity of Delivery

    Do the speaker's posture, bodily movement, facial expressions and eye contact complement and enhance the verbal message?

    Determining Accuracy of Information/Support

    Are oral citations incorporated so the audience can verify the accuracy of the information and to avoid plagiarizing?

    Determining Accuracy of Information/Support

    Is the information/support in the speech from credible and reliable sources of information?

    Determining Accuracy of Information/Support

    Is information/support in the speech from objective and unbiased sources?

    Determining Accuracy of Information/Support

    Is the information/support current?

    Determining Accuracy of Information/Support

    Does the introduction incorporate statement(s) to establish the speaker as a credible and reliable source of information?

    Determining Information/Support Relevancy

    Does the speaker choose a topic that is important (relevant) for the audience to learn more about it?

    Determining Information/Support Relevancy

    Is a statement included in the speech introduction to forge an immediate connection between the topic and the audience?

    Determining Information/Support Relevancy

    Does the attention getter of the speech establish a clear connection/relationship to the topic to be addressed?

    Determining Information/Support Relevancy

    Are the main points selected central to accomplishing the specific purpose for the speech?

    Determining Information/Support Relevancy

    Is information (i.e. illustrations, descriptions and explanations, definitions, analogies, statistics and opinions) in the sub points related to each main point?

    Determining Information/Support Relevancy

    Are audience analysis survey results used to forge a direct relationship between the topic and the audience?

    Determining Information/Support Relevancy

    Is language appropriate (relevant) for the audience and the occasion?

    Determining Information/Support Relevancy

    Are visual aids/presentation aids timed appropriately during the speech to correspond to the point being addressed?

    Determining Relevancy of Delivery Style

    Is the delivery style of the speaker appropriate (relevant) for the audience, the occasion and for the assignment requirements?

    Determining Relevancy of Delivery Style

    Is the speaker's attire appropriate for the audience, the occasion, and for the assignment requirements?

    Determining Relevancy of Delivery Style

    Does the speaker vary tone, pitch, rate and volume to distinguish the more salient points of the message from the minor points of the message? In other words, does the speaker use vocal variety or is the speaker monotonous?

    Determining Logic of Information/Support

    Is the speech organized logically with an introduction, body, and conclusion?

    Determining Logic of Information/Support

    Is the body of the speech organized in a pattern that is logical to accomplish the specific purpose for the speech?

    Determining Logic of Information/Support

    Does the conclusion logically follow from the support presented in the body of the speech?

    Determining Logic of Information/Support

    Are valid conclusions drawn from the major and minor premises of deductive and inductive reasoning?

    Determining Logic of Information/Support

    Are signposts (previews, summaries, transitions) used effectively to contribute to the audience receiving a coherent message?

    Determining Logic of Information/Support

    Does the conclusion review only the main points previewed in the introduction and the same ones that are also addressed in the body of the speech?

    Determining Logical Delivery

    Does the nonverbal vocal and nonverbal physical communication contradict the verbal message or does it complement and enhance the meaning of the message?

    Determining Logical Delivery

    Does the attire worn by the speaker contradict with the overall tone established for the message thereby detracting from speaker credibility or does it complement the tone for the message and enhance speaker credibility?

    Determining Logical Delivery

    Does tone of the message that is created by the nonverbal physical and nonverbal vocal qualities contradict the verbal message or does it make sense for the message created for the audience and the occasion?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Is the topic narrowed enough to be able to sufficiently cover the topic within the assigned time range?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Are main points addressed sufficient/enough to accomplish the specific purpose for the speech?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Is the amount of support/information sufficient to clarify each main point (Roman numerals) for your audience?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Is each main point supported by equal amounts of information creating a balance of content in the body of the speech?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Is the information provided for each oral citation sufficient for listeners to easily verify the credibility and reliability of the reference materials?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Does the problem address the complexities of the problem such as magnitude, causes and negative effects/impact?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Are reasonable audience-centered solutions proposed to address the cause(s) of the problem?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Do proposed solutions lead to any unintentional negative effects?

    Determining Sufficiency (Depth and Breadth) of Information/Support

    Are all relevant points of view relating to the problem addressed?

    Determining Sufficiency/Depth of Delivery

    Do nonverbal vocal qualities of the voice fluctuate and do the nonverbal physical behaviors work together to express a range of emotions during the message to accomplish the specific purpose for the speech and for the occasion?

    Determining Sufficiency/Depth of Delivery

    Does the speaker vary the tone, pitch, rate and volume to distinguish the salient points from the minor points of the message?

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