Speech Evaluation Sample Essay

Outside Speaker Evaluation Essay

The outside speaker that I saw took place on Monday November eleventh two thousand and thirteen, in the Saint Ignatius Science Center room one hundred and fifteen. The speaker of this presentation was Tom McDonnell elected CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Throughout McDonnell’s speech he talked about his experience attending Rockhurst University when it was an all boys school and his life after he graduated form Rockhurst and started his career. I thought that the speech was very well organized because I would assume that he made very good valid points, and when I say assume, I will elaborate on that more later on in my paper. It seemed that there was a clear introduction and body, but I was kind of surprised with the conclusion because he seemed to have just ended his speech. Or it might have been that his conclusion was so long that I just assumed to be part of the body.
I also think that McDonnell had good transitions, but there where times when his transitions where a little blurred in his speech so it was hard to tell when he was talking about a new point. I wouldn’t say that there were arguments that the speaker was trying to make because it seemed like he was trying to talk to us about how to have a good business. I would say that he wasn’t trying to persuade us to believe in something, but rather inform us, the audience. Overall his speech was convincing and I thought it was very reliable because he was speaking from experience.
Throughout the presentation, McDonnell’s speech seemed to be a narrative at the beginning when he was talking about all the things he did in life to lead him to where he is now, which is a CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. In my opinion McDonnell talking about what he did in his life, such as schooling and work experience, was very appropriate to mention because it made his speech more creditable. Throughout McDonnell’s speech he didn’t use a lot of “ums” or “likes” with showed me that he was confident in what he was...

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The first speech I am going to evaluate is Jane Doe’s speech about why music is good for people and the positives effect of it. Jane started out very well by giving a personal example of using music in her own life which got the audience’s attention. I liked it when she started off with a story and example because it helped me understand what she was trying to say to the class. She then introduced her topic and stated her reasons of why everybody should have an iPod and listen to music. This was a good strategy because it was well organized and simple which helped her keep the audience’s focus.

Being too complicated would have caused the class to lose sight of her argument. I enjoyed the outline of her speech because it was simple and straight to the point. Although her outline was well thought out, the way she presented her argument could have used a little work. Jane wrote out a paper to explain her arguments so that she would not miss anything important that she wanted to say. This is a good way to be organized; however, she kept her head down most of the time and read off her paper word-by-word.

This affected her voice which made her sound ‘monotone’. Also, an important thing about giving speeches and attracting the audience’s attention is to looking at the audience, making contact with them like you are speaking directly to them. I did not feel as if she had any contact with anyone since she was reading from her paper. I think if she would have had more eye contact, the audience would have been more interested and accepted her arguments. Another thing that affected her speech presentation was that she was very quiet and it was difficult to hear her.

It did not seem like she was very passionate about her topic because she stayed at one level with her tone and her dynamics throughout the speech did not seem to change. In other words, she could have used more vocal variety and projection. Overall I think Jane picked a great topic that everybody could relate to and she used great points to explain her stance. However, I think if she would have been more excited about her topic and had contact with the audience, the speech would have been even better.

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