Pay close attention to the following when preparing your speech:

  • Clear thesis: What is your perspective?
  • Clear connection to international issue: How does this extend beyond the US?
  • Introduction: attention-fetter, relevance to audience, thesis statement, preview.
  • Conclusion: signal end of speech, summarize main points, decisive close.
  • Supporting materials: include a minimum of five source citations throughout your speech. Support each main point with a variety of supporting material: examples, statistics, testimony, narratives, definitions. All five of your sources must be printed. For this type of speaking, books and newspapers are often the best sources to turn to.
  • Quality of argument: Rational? Logical? Compelling?
  • Typed, proofread formal outline.
  • Required to use PowerPoint as visual aid (must email to instructor before speech)
  • References Page: 5 sources, typed and following the 6th edition of the APA Style Manual. Must all be PRINTED sources (you can access originally printed sources online through library databases, etc. in which case they will count as printed).
  • Delivery: Your delivery will count more for this speech. You should have eliminated verbal fillers, have little to no fluency hiccups, make eye contact for 75% of the speech, have vocal variety (rate, pitch, volume), and appropriate gestures.
  • Practice, practice, practice!!! (6-10 times)