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Lecture Notes Dr. Wilson Class Speeches Speech topics should be interesting to the audience, practical, and substantial . If your topic is not on the suggested topic list, you should check with the professor to ensure the topic is suitable for your specific assignment. Nonverbal Messages Eye contact is very important. Making eye contact shows you know your speech and care about your audience. Look down at your notes, see what you want to say, then look up and speak to your audience. When that thought is conveyed, look down at your notes again, determine what you need to say next, then look up and say it. Look directly at individuals in the audience. You should be looking up from your notes at least 80% of the time . Stand behind the podium if you have your notes on a podium. Do not hold on to the podium or drape yourself over it. You should have your arms at your sides, but frequently gesture to add emphasis and animation. If you really know one section, stand to the side of or in front of the podium at that point, to let the audience know you are well prepared. Occasionally, stand in front of a podium, holding your notes in one hand. Normally, you should hold your notes in one hand or place them on a podium, so that you have at least one hand free to gesture during a speech. Occasionally, you may want to put your notes down (if you know a part of the speech well), so that both hands are free to gesture. You should dress comfortably for the speech. Some speakers may want to dress more formally (as the text notes, people tend to equate dressing well with status and ability, whether those assumptions are true or not). Don t wear a hat (baseball players) unless you re in costume (playing a role). Chewing gum is always a good idea (it makes other speakers look better by comparison and builds their confidence). Seriously, don t chew gum while speaking. Vocal Delivery Project your voice, articulating words clearly. You should vary loudness as appropriate, generally speaking slightly louder than you think is necessary to be heard in the back of the room. Your pace should be unhurried, but lively. Varying
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-2- your pace will help keep your audience interested. Use pauses to add emphasis. Aim to not use vocal ( um , uh ) or verbal ( okay , you know , like , “I mean”, etc.) pauses. Visual Aids Visual aids should be appropriate to the speech. Anything to be written down (on the blackboard, on a chart, etc.) should be written down before the speech begins preferably before class. Visual aids should be large enough to see easily. Make sure that all visual aids (overhead projectors, Power Point programs, etc.) work before class starts . Delays in setting up your materials will reduce your speech grade. Photographs and untested mechanical devices are poor visual aids.
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