Persuasive/Motivational Speech: “A Call to Action”

5-7 minutes / 150 points
For this assignment, you will choose a topic (which you feel is of local, national, and or global importance) to research, and through the art of speech and the use of persuasive techniques, attempt to persuade your audience to your point of view and to motivate your audience to act on this issue.

Speech Elements—this speech must include:

  • An attention-getting opening.
  • An introduction (which includes a thesis statement / proposition of fact, value or policy).
  • A body preview.
  • Three or four main points (with transitions between them).
  • A Monroe motivating sequence (Attention, Need, Satisfaction, Visualization, Action) and
  • Aristotelian persuasive techniques (including ethos, pathos, and logos) (see The Speaker’s Handbook.)
  • A conclusion (Which summarizes main points, and ends with a call to action).

Additional requirements:

Bibliography: 25 points (of the 150 points) will be based on your annotated bibliography. (See Hacker) You must have at least 7 sources in your annotated bibliography, one of which must be a book or scholarly article. Each entry for your bibliography must be in APA or MLA format (See Hacker).

Resources in your speech: You must site at least three resources both in your speech and on your outline. For this speech you must site at least one book or scholarly article.

Outlines: 25 points (of the 150 points) The outlines you submit for this speech will be a full sentence preparation outline for and a delivery outline (what is on your notecards) to hand into me.

Notecards must be used for your delivery (no more than 5)—no pages.

Visual Aids: For this speech you be using a dynamic/continuous presentation aid: Prezi. (I prefer Prezi as this is be available online to pull up: make sure to name it something unique with your name in it). Make sure your presentation aid does not overpower your presentation and that you are using it for the benefit of your audiences understanding, not to prompt your delivery.

Point Deductions:

  • For each speech element missing (see above), points will be deducted.
  • For each visual aid you lack, points will be deducted.
  • For every 20 seconds your speech is under 5 minutes or over 7 minutes, 5 points will be deducted.
  • For every resource your speech lacks, points will be deducted.
  • If your name is called on a day you are absent or not prepared to deliver your speech, 25 points (20% will be deducted).
  • You will not be allowed to speak if you do not have copies of both your presentation and delivery (what is on your notecards) outline; this means a 25% deduction.

Please review you’re The Speakers Handbook text (and my lectures) for persuasion.