Advanced Listening: The Speech about a Speech
ASSIGNMENT Attend a live public speech presented in a leadership situation. For instance, you might hear the main speaker at an association meeting, or a politician addressing a civic group, or a scholar making a special presentation on campus. (Your instructor will provide further parameters for an acceptable venue.) The speech you attend should be at least twenty minutes long and not a panel presentation or discussion program. Prepare a three to five minute critique in which to share what you learned about public speaking from the speech you attended. What did the speaker you observed do right? What were the problems with the speech? Consider content, organization, delivery, management of the space and audience, and any other relevant factors. Do not summarize the speaker’s topic. Report on the content of the speech only in the sense of critique, such as how the material was organized or the relevance and effectiveness of the support.