Objectives and Outline

Chapter Objectives:

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Define and give an example of epideictic oratory
  2. Explain the main purpose of special occasion speaking
  3. Identify the eight main types of special occasion speeches and the key components of each of these speeches.
  4. Understand the basic guidelines for delivering special occasion speeches
  5. Prepare and present the various types of special occasion speeches


Chapter Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Background of Special Occasion Speaking

    • Epideictic Oratory
    • Purpose of Special Occasion Speaking


  • Types of Special Occasion Speeches o Speech of Introduction o Toast and Roast

    • Speech to Present an Award
    • Acceptance Speech
    • Keynote Address o Commencement Speech
    • Commemorative Speeches and Tributes
    • After-Dinner Speech


  • General Guidelines for Special Occasion Speeches

    • Keeping the Speech Short
    • Acknowledging the Obvious
    • Staying Positive
    • Using Humor


  • Conclusion
  • Review Questions and Activities
  • Glossary
  • References


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