Speech Objectives

Competent Communicator

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Ice Breaker
Evaluation guide
4 - 6
  • To begin speaking before an audience.
  • To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.
  • To introduce yourself to your fellow club members.
2 - Organize Your Speech
Evaluation guide
5 - 7
  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message.
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion.
3 - Get to the Point
Evaluation guide
5 - 7
  • Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes.
  • Ensure the beginning, body, and conclusion reinforce the purpose.
  • Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel.
  • Strive not to use notes.
4 - How to Say It
Evaluation guide
5 - 7
  • Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly.
  • Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas.
  • Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar.
5 - Your Body Speaks
Evaluation guide
5 - 7
  • Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact to express tour message and achieve your speech’s purpose.
  • Make your body language smooth and natural.
  • Focus on methods of delivery, but do not overlook speech content.
6 - Vocal Variety
Evaluation guide
5 - 7
  • Use voice volume, pitch, rate, and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.
  • Use pauses to enhance your message.
  • Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.
7 - Research Your Topic
Evaluation guide
5 - 7
  • Collect information about your topic from numerous sources.
  • Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples, and illustrations gathered through research.
8 - Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
Evaluation guide
5 - 7
  • Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience.
  • Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.
9 - Persuade with Power
Evaluation guide
5 - 7
  • Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.
  • Appealing to the audience’s interests.
  • Use logic and emotion to support your position.
  • Avoid using notes.
10 - Inspire Your Audience
Evaluation guide
8 - 10
  • To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.
  • Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama.
  • Avoid using notes.

 

Communicating on Television

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - Straight Talk 3
  • Effectively present an opinion or point of view in a brief time.
  • Simulate giving a presentation as part of a television broadcast.
2 - The Talk Show 10
  • Show a positive image as you appear as a guest on a simulated television talk show.
3 - When You're the Host 10
  • Conduct a successful simulated television interview.
  • Present a positive, confident image on camera.
4 - The Press Conference 12 - 16
  • Prepare for an adversary confrontation on a controversial issue.
  • Employ appropriate preparation and communication strategies for presenting your organization's viewpoints.
  • Present and maintain a positive image on camera.
5 - Training on Television 10 - 14
  • Develop and present an effective training program on television.

 

Discussion Leader

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Seminar Solution 20 - 30
  • Present a brief lecture that introduces a discussion topic.
  • Use a buzz session to engage participants in generating information that leads to a solution.
2 - The Round Robin 20 - 30
  • Clearly pose a question.
  • Use a problem solving pattern, leading group in a brainstorming session.
  • Guide group in screening information to decide what actions to take.
3 - Pilot a Panel 30 - 40
  • Select a panel discussion topic and at least three club members who will serve as panel speakers.
  • Define common objectives and purpose of the panel.
  • Act as moderator for the panel discussion.
4 - Make it Make-Believe 20 - 30
  • Select a problem that involves human relations.
  • Create a plot and characters for a role play to demonstrate the issue.
  • Direct the role play and relate it to the discussion topic.
5 - The Workshop Leader 30 - 40
  • Guide workshop participants in discussing a problem.
  • Use a problem solving approach to arrive at a solution.
  • Bring the group to an agreement.

 

Entertaining Speaker

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Entertaining Speech 5 - 7
  • Entertain the audience by relating a personal experience.
  • Organize an entertaining speech for maximum impact.
2 - Resources for Entertainment 5 - 7
  • Draw entertaining material from sources other than you own personal experience.
  • Adapt material to suit your topic, personality, and audience.
3 - Make Them Laugh 5 - 7
  • Prepare a humourous speech based on personal experience.
  • Strengthen the speech by adapting material from outside sources.
  • Deliver the speech in a way that makes the humor effective.
4 - A Dramatic Talk 5 - 7
  • Develop a dramatic talk about an experience or incident.
  • Include vivid imagery, characters, and dialogue.
  • Deliver the talk in an entertaining manner.
5 - Speaking After Dinner 8 - 10
  • Prepare an entertaining after-dinner talk on a specific theme.
  • Deliver the talk using skills developed in previous projects.

 

Humorously Speaking

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - Warm Up Your Audience 5 - 7
  • Prepare a speech that opens with a humorous story.
  • Personalize the story and deliver it smoothly and effectively.
2 - Leave Them With a Smile 5 - 7
  • Prepare a serious speech that opens and closes with a humorous story, the closing story should emphasizes the story's main points.
  • Deliver the stories smoothly and effectively.
3 - Make Them Laugh 5 - 7
  • Prepare a serious speech that opens and closes with a humorous story.
  • Include jokes in the speech body to illustrate points.
  • Deliver the jokes and stories smoothly and effectively.
4 - Keep Them Laughing 5 - 7
  • Prepare a speech that begins with a self deprecating joke.
  • String together two or three related jokes in the speech body.
  • Close the speech with a humorous story.
5 - The Humorous Speech 5 - 7
  • Use exaggeration to tell a humorous story
  • Entertain the audience
  • Effectively use body language and voice to enhance the story

 

Interpersonal Communication

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - Conversing With Ease 10 - 14
  • Identify techniques to use in conversing with strangers.
  • Use role play to demonstrate initiating a conversation with a stranger.
  • Demonstrate use of open ended questions.
2 - The Successful Negotiator 10 - 14
  • Explain the negotiation process.
  • Use role play to demonstrate use of win/win negotiating strategies.
3 - Diffusing Verbal Criticism 10 - 14
  • Explain process of diffusing verbal criticism.
  • Use role play to demonstrate use of the process to diffuse verbal criticism.
4 - The Coach 10 - 14
  • Explain the coaching process.
  • Use role play to demonstrate use of the coaching process.
5 - Asserting Yourself Effectively 10 - 14
  • Explain the assertion process.
  • Use a role play to demonstrate use of assertion process.

 

Interpretive Reading

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - Read a Story 8 - 10
  • Analyze a narrative and plan for effective interpretation.
  • Apply vocal techniques that aid in the effectiveness of the reading.
2 - Interpreting Poetry 6 - 8
  • Recognize how poets use imagery, rhythm, meter, cadence, and rhyme to convey meanings and emotion.
  • Apply vocal techniques that aid in the effectiveness of the reading.
3 - The Monodrama 5 - 7
  • Understand the concept and nature of melodrama.
  • Assume the identify of a character and portray the physical and emotional aspects of this character to the audience.
4 - The Play 12 - 15
  • Adapt a play for interpretive reading.
  • Portray several characters in one reading, identifying them by changes in voice and movement.
5 - The Oratorical Speech 10 - 12
  • Interpret and present a famous speech.

 

Persuasive Speaking

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Effective Salesperson 8 - 12
  • Use a technique for selling an inexpensive product in a retail store.
  • Use questions to elicit information from a prospective buyer.
  • Match the buyer's situation with the most appropriate product
2 - Conquering the Cold Call 10 - 14
  • Use a technique for cold call selling of expensive products.
  • Use questions to help the buyer recognize problems with his/her current situation.
  • Successfully handle buyer's objections and concerns.
3 - The Winning Proposal 5 - 7
  • Prepare a proposal advocating an idea or course of action.
  • Organize and deliver the proposal using the 6 -step method.
4 - Addressing the Opposition 9 - 12
  • Prepare a talk on a controversial subject.
  • Construct and deliver the talk to appeal to the audience's logic and emotions.
5 - The Persuasive Leader 6 - 8
  • Communicate your vision and mission to an audience.
  • Convince your audience to work toward achieving your mission.

 

Professional Speaker

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Keynote Address 15 - 20
  • Evaluate audience feeling and establish emotional rapport.
  • Inspire an audience to accept your views as a collective affirmation of its own views.
2 - Speaking to Entertain 15 - 20
  • Entertain the audience through use of humor.
  • Establish rapport with the audience and deliver the speech in a way that makes the humor effective.
3 - The Sales Training Speech 15 - 20
  • Inform a sales training audience about the buyer seller relationship.
  • Use entertaining stories and examples of sales situations.
4 - The Professional Seminar 20 - 40
  • Plan and present a seminar with a specific learning objective.
  • Use seminar techniques to promote group participation and learning.
5 - The Motivational Speech 15 - 20
  • Apply a 4 -step motivational method to persuade and inspire.
  • Deliver a speech to persuade an audience to emotionally commit to an action.

 

Public Relations

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Public Relations Speech 5 - 7
  • Prepare a talk that will build goodwill for your organization by supplying useful information to the audience.
  • Favorably influence the audience with your skillful and friendly delivery.
2 - Resources for Goodwill 8 - 10
  • Research benefits and operation of an organization.
  • Prepare a talk designed to build goodwill toward it.
  • Analyze common interests of audience and focus on those.
  • Effectively use at least one visual aid.
3 - The Persuasive Approach 8 - 10
  • Direct a persuasive appeal to the audience's self-interests using a combination of fact and emotion.
  • Persuade the audience to accept or consider your viewpoint.
4 - Speaking Under Fire 14 - 18
  • Prepare a talk to persuade a hostile audience to at least consider your position on a controversial issue.
  • Conduct a question and answer period.
5 - The Media Speech 8
  • Write a speech script on behalf of a social cause.
  • Present the speech to persuade a general television audience.

 

Speaking to Inform

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Speech to Inform 5 - 7
  • Select new and useful information to present.
  • Organize the material so that it is easy to understand and remember.
  • Present the information in a way to encourage the audience to learn.
2 - Resources for Informing 5 - 7
  • Analyze your audience's knowledge level with your topic.
  • Use information you gathered to support each major point.
  • Effectively use at least one visual aid.
3 - The Demonstration Talk 5 - 7
  • Prepare a talk that demonstrates a process, product, or activity.
  • Give the speech and conduct the demonstration without notes.
4 - A Fact-finding Report 7 - 10
  • Prepare a report on a situation, event, or problem of interest to the audience.
  • Deliver sufficient factual information for the audience to draw valid conclusions and make an informed decision.
  • Answers questions from the audience.
5 - The Abstract Concept 6 - 8
  • Research and analyze an abstract concept, theory, or issue.
  • Present the idea in a clear, interesting manner.

 

Special Occasion Speeches

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - Mastering the Toast 2 - 3
  • Present a toast honoring an occasion or person.
2 - Speaking in Praise 5 - 7
  • Prepare and deliver a speech praising or honoring someone
  • Address five areas about the individual's accomplishments
  • Include anecdotes to illustrate points.
3 - The Roast 3 - 5
  • Poke fun at a person in a good natured way.
  • Adapt and personalize humorous material from other sources.
4 - Presenting an Award 3 - 4
  • Present an award with dignity and grace.
  • Acknowledge the contributions of the recipient.
5 - Accepting an Award 5 - 7
  • Accept an award with dignity, grace, and sincerity.
  • Acknowledge the presenting person or organization.

 

Specialty Speeches

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - Speak Off the Cuff 5 - 7
  • Handle an impromptu speaking situation using one or more patterns to effectively address a topic.
2 - Uplift the Spirit 8 - 10
  • Develop a speech style and delivery that effectively expresses inspirational content.
3 - Sell a Product 10 - 12
  • Skillfully use the four steps in a sales presentation.
  • Handle objections and close a prospective buyer.
4 - Read Out Loud 12 - 15
  • Use interpretive reading techniques involving voice and body as you read out loud.
5 - Introduce the Speaker  
  • During a club meeting, serve as master of ceremonies, introducing the other participants and speakers.

 

Speeches by Management

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Briefing 13 - 15
  • Apply key steps in preparing a briefing and organizing material.
  • Give a briefing according to a specific objective.
  • Effectively handle a question and answer period.
2 - The Technical Speech 8 - 10
  • Convert a technical paper or material into a speech.
  • Organize a technical speech using the inverted pyramid approach.
  • Give the speech by effectively reading out loud.
3 - Manage and Motivate 10 - 12
  • Apply a four step motivational method.
  • Deliver a motivational speech to persuade an audience to agree with your management proposal.
4 - The Status Report 10 - 12
  • Organize and prepare a status report according to a four-step pattern.
  • Give an effective presentation of the report.
5 - Confrontation: the Adversary Relationship 15
  • Prepare for an adversary confrontation on a controversial issue.
  • Employ appropriate preparation methods, strategy, and techniques for communicating with an adversary group.

 

Storytelling

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Folk Tale 7 - 9
  • Tell a folk tale that is entertaining and enjoyable to a group.
  • Use vivid imagery and voice to enhance the tale.
2 - Let's Get Personal 6 - 8
  • Create and tell an original story based on a personal experience.
  • Use all the elements of a good story.
3 - The Moral of the Story 4 - 6
  • Create a story that offers a lesson or moral.
  • Use all the elements of a good story.
4 - The Touching Story 6 - 8
  • Develop a story designed to arouse emotion.
  • Tell the story using techniques that arouse emotion.
5 - Bringing History to Life 7 - 9
  • Develop a story about an historical figure or event.
  • Use storytelling skills you leaned in the previous projects.

 

Technical Presentations

Project Name Time Limit Objectives
1 - The Technical Briefing 8 - 10
  • Using a systematic approach, organize technical material into a concise presentation.
  • Tailor the presentation to audience's needs, interests, and knowledge level.
2 - The Proposal 11 - 15
  • Prepare a technical presentation advocating a product, service, or course of action.
  • Using an inverted pyramid approach, present your viewpoint logically and convincingly.
3 - The Nontechnical Audience 10 - 12
  • Build and deliver an interesting technical talk to an nontechnical audience.
  • Answer questions during your presentation.
  • Use overhead transparencies to illustrate your points.
4 - Presenting a Technical Paper 10 - 12
  • Deliver an interesting speech based on a technical paper or article.
  • Effectively use visual aids to illustrate your message.
5 - The Team Technical Presentation 20 - 30
  • Conceptualize a briefing involving three or more speakers.
  • Assemble a team of club members to make the presentation.
  • Plan for, prepare for, and orchestrate the delivery of the team technical presentation.