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Words of Wisdom

Political speeches are like steer horns.  A point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between.

— Alfred E. Neuman

This checklist was designed to help evaluate your presentation skills before you deliver your speech.  Have someone else fill out this checklist after listening to you practice your performance. In each box, the evaluator should place a check mark next to the description that best describes your performance and write any additional thoughts or specific suggestions in the comment box.
Topic _____ appropriate for audience (relevant to their needs and interests) and occasion
_____ somewhat appropriate for audience and occasion; may address their needs but miss their interests or may miss segments of the audience
_____ does not address the assignment or is inappropriate for the occasion and irrelevant to the audience or segments of the audience
Introduction _____ gets attention, clearly identifies topic, establishes speaker’s credibility, includes a clear and concise thesis statement, and previews main points
______ implies but does not clearly identify topic or establish speaker credibility, implies but does not clearly state a concise thesis, and previews main points
_____ is not interesting and does not clearly identify topic, establish speaker credibility, or include or imply a clear and concise thesis statement; main points are not previewed
Main Body _____ points are clear, logically ordered, well supported with rich detail; all sources are documented according to a clear and appropriate citation style, and each point has good transitions
______ points need clarity, are ordered but not in the most logical way, have inadequate support; most sources are documented but citations may be wrong or unclear; transitions between main points are weak
Conclusion _____ restates the thesis, reviews main points, brings closure in a memorable way and gives audience something to do or think about
______restates thesis, reviews main points, and brings closure
_____ fails to restate thesis and main points and leaves audience hanging
_____ eye contact is maintained virtually all the time; body language, gestures, and facial expressions are appropriate to the audience and greatly enhance the message; no obvious signs of nervousness; speaker interacts with audience
_____ eye contact is maintained less than 75% of the time; gestures, posture, and facial expressions are appropriate but seem forced or lack variety; some signs of nervousness; speaker interacts minimally with audience (e.g., only during Q&A)
_____ little or no eye contact; speech is read instead of delivered extemporaneously;  body language and gestures lack variety and spontaneity and are inappropriate to the audience; speaker seems nervous and unprepared; speaker interacts minimally with the audience or not at all.
_____ integrated smoothly and skillfully, enhance the presentation by reinforcing and extending main points, and are tastefully designed
_____ integrated but not always smoothly; relevant to main point, but may contain too many words or irrelevant graphics
_____ not well integrated or not present when required; poorly designed and contain too many words or irrelevant graphics
Delivery _____ presenter speaks clearly and distinctly all the time with no mispronounced words and stays within allotted time
_____ presenter speaks clearly and distinctly nearly all the time with no more than a few mispronounced words and stays close to the allotted time
_____ presenter mumbles or cannot be understood with quite a few mispronounced words;  significantly over or under the allotted time


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