Informative Speech Assignment
Create a 5-6 minute presentation using PowerPoint visuals. Make sure your PowerPoint follows the guidelines discussed in class. The purpose of the presentation should be to inform the audience. Your presentation should reflect a topic, theme, or issue relevant to your major. For ideas of topics, you may consider looking at issues of Crains’ Chicago, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, cnn.com, The Huffington Post, NPR.org, Slate, Wired, or industry-specific papers/journals in your area of study.
Presentations should reflect a careful analysis of audience interest and be relevant. Presentations should also reflect the theory we discussed in class including structuring and supporting a presentation (introduction, body, conclusion; transitions/connectives; supporting information).
Students should be sure to meet the time guidelines; you will be stopped from speaking after 6 minutes, 30 seconds, even if you have not completed your speech. Point deductions will apply if speeches are less than 5 minutes or more than 6 minutes, 30 seconds.
Students will present in random sort order; therefore, everyone should be in class and prepared to speak on Tuesday, April 29th. If you are not called to present on Tuesday, you will present Thursday, May 1st. (See Syllabus: speaking dates are not “freebie” attendance dates).
You can use the moveable podium. You should also email a copy of the powerpoint presentation to yourself, and/or save it on a USB key/jump drive. You will also have access to a slide advancer/clicker to advance slides away from the podium, if you like.
Per course policies, “missing an assigned presentation time will result in a grade of ‘zero’ for that assignment with no opportunity for make-up” (p. 3). ** Note: every quarter, at least two students mentally “psych themselves” out and don’t show up to speak, thinking they will not do well. Fight the urge to do this, and be present. Do your best to prepare, because improving your presentation skills is about practice, practice, more practice, and sometimes not doing as well as we would like so we can learn what needs to get better, and improve. I reward effort as well as achievement, and we can all benefit from improving, so “suit up and show up!” **
You may use one (1) notecard for your speech and may write on both sides. You should not use a half-sheet of paper or other type of note paper. Notecards only! Try to incorporate at least 2 of the suggestions we discussed in class to make your notecard more effective (outline format, highlighting in different colors, keywords only, etc.)
What you need to submit HARDCOPY on the day you speak (should be fully done by Tuesday, April 29th): 1) A preparation outline – see Chapter 10, specifically page 235, for an example of an outline. Use the template provided on D2L and modify it as necessary for your presentation. 2) A bibliography with at least two credible research-based sources on the day of their presentations. The bibliography should be in either American Psychological Association (APA) or MLA format. You can find more information about these formats at: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ under the APA “References” section, and http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ under the MLA “Works Cited” section. NOTE: The bibliography should be the last section of your speaking outline. It does not need to be a separate document. 3) A printed copy of your PowerPoint presentation to the instructor on the day of your presentation; if you do not provide a hardcopy, you forfeit 20 points. You should submit this as a handout (2-4 slides per page). 4) Your notecard (remember: only one card may be used)
Pay attention to formatting on every document: for 1 and 2, use Times New Roman, 12-font, double-spaced. For 3, follow the guidelines for effective powerpoints (posted on D2L)....
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