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INTRODUCTORY  SPEECH  ASSIGNMENT    
   
To  introduce  yourself,  to  give  you  the  opportunity  to  acknowledge,  
understand,  realize  and   manage  any  speaking  anxiety  you  may  have,  and  
to  give  your  instructor  the  opportunity  to  assess  your  strengths  and  your  
areas  of  opportunity  as  a  speaker.    
3  –  4  minutes  (timed)    
50  points      

 

Below  is  a  list  of  possible  main  points  to  cover  in  your  speech.    
• Historical  overview  –  where  are  you  from  and  how  did  you  end  up  
here?    
• Likes  and  dislikes    
• Hobbies  and  interests    
• Significant  life  experiences    
• Stories  about  you    
• Goals  and  aspirations  (academic,  professional,  personal)    
• Fears  and  concerns    
• Pet  peeves    
• Values    
• Music,  movies,  TV,  etc.    
• Talents  and  skills    
• Anything  else  you  feel  is  important  to  share  with  the  class    

We  have  not  gone  over  speech  organization  yet,  but  try  to  make  sure  that  
your  speech  has  an  introduction,  thesis  statement,  body,  conclusion,  and  
transitional  statements  from  one  part  to  the  next.  (Worth  only  5/50  points-­‐  
do  your  best.)  
Delivery:     You  may  only  take  notecards  OR  a  one-­‐page  keyword  outline  with  you  to  
the  podium.  I’ll  be  looking  for  eye  contact  as  well  as  the  delivery  elements  
listed  on  the  rubric.    
Outline:    
You  must  turn  in  an  outline  to  me  (typed)  at  the  beginning  of  class  on  the  
day  that  you  speak.  We  have  not  gone  over  outlining  yet,  so  do  your  best.  
See  the  website  for  examples.  This  outline  assures  me  that  you  wrote  and  
practiced  the  speech  in  advance,  and  that  your  speech  is  not  impromptu.  I  
will  grade  it  under  “Preparedness”  on  the  rubric,  credit/no  credit.    
Visual  Aid:     None.  

GRADING  RUBRIC  FOR  INTRODUCTORY  SPEECH  

 

1. Preparedness    

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Speaker  utilized  keyword  notes  for  reference?    
Apparent  that  speaker  had  rehearsed  and  practiced?  
Speaker  submitted  a  typed  outline?    
Speaker  was  professionally  dressed?  

2. Effort  and  
Effectiveness  

yes  /  no  
yes/  no  
yes/  no  
yes  /  no  
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Speaker  kept  audience  engaged?  
Speaker  used  language  eloquently  and  effectively?  
Speaker  followed  the  prompt?  
Speaker  effectively  managed  anxiety?  
 
     

3. Delivery  

yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  
   yes  /  no  
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Speaker  maintained  adequate  eye  contact?  
Speaker  had  strong  posture?  
Speaker’s  vocal  delivery  was  dynamic?  
Speaker  utilized  appropriate  hand  gestures?  
Speaker  had  no  distracting  mannerisms/fillers?  

yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  

 

4. Structure  

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Attention-­‐getting  introduction  used?  

yes/  no  




Thesis  statement  was  clearly  stated  or  implied?  
Addressed  a  significant  number  of  main  points?  
Memorable  conclusion?  
Speech  transitioned  well  from  point  to  point?  

yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  
yes  /  no  

 

 
 
 
 
 

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