Platform Events

Platform Overview

Learn the Events:

  • Informative Speaking
  • Persuasive Speaking
  • Speaking to Entertain (AKA: After Dinner Speech)

Topic Selection Checklist

Research

Informative Structure

Persuasive Structure

Sample Outlines (Coming Soon)

Speech Writing (Coming Soon)

Delivery (Coming Soon)

Event Descriptions

Informative
This speech is an original, factual speech by the student on a realistic subject to fulfill the general aim to inform the audience. Audio-visual may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Must be memorized. 10 minutes Max

Persuasive
This speech is an original speech by the student designed to inspire, reinforce or change the beliefs, attitudes, values or actions of the audience. Audio and visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted at early tournaments. Must be memorized by later tournaments. 10 minutes Max

After Dinner Speech or Speech To Entertain
This speech is an original humorous speech by the student, designed to exhibit sound speech composition, thematic coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and good taste. The speech should not resemble a nightclub act, an impersonation, or comic dialogue, but might use the same techniques. It is designed to give information and persuade, while depending heavily on humor. The humor of the approach does not mean that the purpose of the speech is a light-hearted one. The speaker should have a specific serious purpose or goal just as if s/he were going to give an informative or persuasive speech. This speech is designed to give the audience pleasure and enjoyment without making heavy demands on their serious nature, but this is definitely not a comedy monologue spot. Also, do not improvise. You do it as written! The audiences will change, but not your speech. Audio and visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted at early tournaments but speeches must be memorized by later tournaments. 10 minutes Max.


Platform Event Checklist

I. Choose an Event: Informative (INF), Persuasive (PER), After Dinner Speaking/Speech to Entertain (ADS/STE), Communication Analysis (CA)
II. Select a Topic
     1.    Topic Viability Checklist
          a.    What makes the topic distinctive for the audience?
          b.    What elements of common interest does it contain?
          c.    Why do you like the topic?
          d.    What do you know about the topic?
          e.    Is the topic recent?
          f.    Is the topic relevant/socially significant?
          g.    Is there enough information? Is the topic researchable? Can you find sources?
     2.    Articulate your purpose.
     3.    Consider broadening or narrowing your focus to fit the 10 minute time-limit and simultaneously deal with the most interesting specifics and significant conclusions.
III. Conduct Research
     1.    Find 5 Sources in Lexis-Nexus, EBSCO host, or other library database (bring to meeting)
IV. Structure & Write Speech
     1.    Identify Main Points; varies based on speech event but main points frequently:
          a.    Define what it is
          b.    Explain how it works and/or what the applications are
          c.    Reveal the causes and/or effects
          d.    Problems
          e.    Solutions
          f.    Advantages/Implications
     2.    Transfer information to outline
     3.    Check outline with coach
     4.    Polish outline
     5.    Write out in full essay form
          a.    Make sure sources are written correctly
          b.    Find and create visual aids (if necessary)
V. Put on note cards & Memorize
     1.    Polish Delivery
     2.    Time it.



OUTLINES AND EXAMPLES

Basic Informative & ADS Outline
I.    Introduction
          a.    Attention Grabber:
          b.    Listener Link:
          c.    Ethos Builder:
          d.    Recent Confirmation:
          e.    Thesis:
          f.    Preview:
II.    Main Point #1: Definition – What is it?
          a.    Define
          b.    Show what it is
          c.    How it works
          d.    Transition: internal review-internal preview-
III.    Main Point #2: Applications: Advantages and Disadvantages
          a.    Transition: internal review-internal preview-
IV.    Main #3: Implications of the object/idea
V.    Conclusion:
          a.    Review:
          b.    Summary:
          c.    Exit Line:

Basic Persuasion & ADS Outline

I.    Introduction
         a.    Attention Grabber:
         b.    Establish a Problem:
         c.    Listener Link:
         d.    Ethos Builder:
         e.    Recent Confirmation:

         f.    Thesis:
         g.    Preview:
II.    Main Point #1: Need- Establish that the problem exists.
         a.    Transition: internal review-internal preview-
III.    Main Point #2: What is causing the problem. Or What is the barrier- what is in the way of the problem solving itself.
         a.    Transition: internal review-internal preview-
IV.    Main #3: (not really a main point) Visualization Step- show what’s going to happen if we don’t do anything; how it will get worse. or how things will get better if we solve the problem.
V.    Main #4: Solutions-
         a.    Business Solutions-
         b.    State/Governmental Solution-
         c.    Personal Solution- What can I do right now.
         d.    Transition: internal review-internal preview-
VI.    Conclusion:
         a.    Review:
         b.    Summary:
         c.    Personal Solution- remind audience of what they can do.
         d.    Exit Line: