You will prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech showing the audience how to do something. The speech must include visual aids. Your topic must be appropriate for your audience. You topic must be approved.
I. Nature of a Demonstration Speech: In a demonstration speech, you inform your audience by showing them...
- How to make something (e.g., food; crafts; household decorations; technological gear);
- How to complete a process (e.g., playing a game or sport, or inspecting, maintaining, or repairing
- How something works (e.g., part of a car; a machine; computer software)
II. Selecting a Topic: It’s best to choose something which...
- You know well
- Can be shown within reliable time boundaries
- Isn’t highly technical and doesn’t include too many steps
- Can easily be shown to a large group
- Will expand listeners’ knowledge
- Organize the body of your speech into 2-5 main points which correspond to parts of your process- -rather than in a long series of steps
- Provide clear “signposts” for each main step in the process
- Arrange and test any AV equipment beforehand
- Practice repeatedly so you can handle items easily
- Lay everything out ahead of time and make sure the entire audience can see your work area
- Be as clear as possible; use simple language; explain jargon; define acronyms
- Use easy-to-follow, step-by-step processes, and large, visible visuals