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Tips for the First Speech Tournament

June 22, 2007

 Things to consider about your speech performance before competition!  

 

Interpretation: 

How much are you looking at the script instead of your audience?

Are each of your characters and/or pieces vocally distinct (inflection, rate, volume, tone)?

Are each of your characters and/or pieces physically distinct (focal points, gestures, posture, facial expressions)?

Is your introduction entirely memorized and polished?

What is your time? There is no excuse for going over-time at a tournament.

 

Platform: 

 

Are your visual aids and/or note cards complete and ready to go?

Are you extremely familiar with your speech so you can focus your eye contact on the audience?

Have you included a preview in your introduction and a review in your conclusion?

Do you have three distinct points and transitions?

Do you remember to “walk your points”?

Are your citations complete (Author or publication, date)?

Have you eliminated um and uh from your vocabulary?

What is your time? There is no excuse for going over-time at a tournament.

 

Limited Preparation: 

 

Impromptu: Have you completed an inventory of knowledge?

Extemp: Do you have updated news stories?

Are you using gestures to meaningfully emphasize your content?

Do you have three distinct points and transitions?

Do you remember to “walk your points”?

Are you incorporating various examples and/or sources to support your identified thesis?

Have you eliminated um and uh from your vocabulary?

How is your pacing, are you rushing at the end or leaving off a conclusion?

Do you bring your speech “full-circle”?

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