This is what I’m going to give the Public Speaking kids tomorrow. I’m looking for input here, Dear Readers. Tell me what you really think – and tell me in time to edit before I print out 20 of them for tomorrow morning…
Listening Worksheet – Mr. White’s Speech
Answer these questions as notes during the speech. You will be expected to develop at least three or four of these questions into a comprehensive essay due next Monday, November 20th. See me if you have any questions or concerns.
1. What is the topic of the speech?
2. What is the purpose of the speech?
3. What specific methods of gaining your attention does the speaker use in the introduction? List as many as you can notice.
4. Does the speaker preview the main points of the speech in the introduction?
5. How many main points were developed in the speech? List them and describe how the points were organized in the body of the speech.
6. What rhetorical structures did the speaker use? List words the speaker used that stand out to you. How did the speaker use language to make you think, feel, or believe something?
7. Pay attention to transitions. How does the speaker move from one point to another?
8. Describe the speaker’s demeanor and personality. Does the speaker have any tics or idiosyncrasies that stand out for you? Do these add or detract from your enjoyment / understanding of the speech?
9. What pattern of organization did the speaker use? Was the speech chronological? Did the speaker deliver the speech like a story?
10. What visual aids, if any, did the speaker use? How did they fit in with the speech and what effect did they have on you as a listener?
11. Did the speaker noticeably cater the speech to suit this audience? Were you aware of any techniques the speaker used to reach you as an individual audience member?
12. How did the speech end? Describe the conclusion, noticing any elements that stand out for you.
13 What is the residual message of this speech? Did the speaker succeed in fulfilling the purpose of the speech? What do you think the speaker hopes you will do, think, or believe as a result of having heard this speech?