Public Speaking Assignment 1.3 Everyone�s a Critic

This assignment supports the following lesson objectives:
• Demonstrate knowledge of methods used in evaluating speeches.
• Apply common techniques for accepting and managing listener feedback.

Assignment Overview
This writing assignment explores providing objective and valuable suggestions for improving a speech, as well as the thought process related to learning from feedback received through a critique.

A one-page paper (12-point font) written in a word processor, such as MS Word.

Activity Details
In this activity, you will watch a video clip of a speech. You will apply effective methods of critiquing a speech to prepare written feedback that you would provide to the person who delivered the speech. You will also evaluate your feedback in terms of how the person receiving it could best respond to it to improve his or her next speech.

Perform the following tasks:

• Step 1: Review the information presented in the lesson about the elements of a speech that are commonly evaluated. These include:
The main steps involved in preparing any type of speech are:
o Speaker Commitment to the Subject
o Suitable to the Occasion and Audience
o Clear Purpose
o Fresh Point of View
o Ethics

• Step 2: Select one of the following informative speeches to view and critique:

Van Gogh’s Incredible Life (

Getting to Know the Elderly (

• Step 3: As a starting point for writing your critique of the speech, copy the table of evaluation criteria below and paste it into your word processing document.

You will use a table to determine and organize your feedback. I will upload additional information.

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