Public Speaking (Eng144);  Seaber


Explanation: Human beings are drawn to stories. They possess a natural affinity for the tension and drama of human interactions with each other, with nature, etc. People love to hear stories told and watch them unfold on TV and in film and theatre presentations. Thus, stories comprise a vital component of speeches, or may even form the entire basis of a speech.Therefore, we will develop a story from our personal lives into a Narrative Speech. The primary purpose of this speech is to entertain, but it may also inform your audience or help them discover an insight similar to the one you discovered as you experienced your “story” firsthand.

Assignment: You are to recall a significant event in your life, one that is class appropriate and that you do not mind sharing the details of with an audience of your peers. You will then develop that event into narrative form via an extensive in-class exercise. This developed story will serve as the basis for your Narrative Speech, which you will prepare and deliver to the class. (Guidelines for narrative form will be discussed during the class exercise previously mentioned.)



     Focus: The focus of this speech should be sufficiently narrow.

      It should encompass a specific setting, including a

      particular point in time. It should not stray off topic,

      nor should it contain details/descriptions that do not

      relate to or enhance your theme.       


      Clarity: Your audience can easily follow the plot you have

      developed. Your speech is well-organized.


     Content: The speech is comprised of a personal narrative.

     Your narrative should include the following

     components: rising tension (conflict), climax,

     resolution, insight (discovery).


     Mechanics: No slang or inappropriate grammar (unless in the

     form of dialogue or direct quotes). Your posture,

     gestures, dress, eye contact, and body language

     are polished and appropriate. You avoid nervous

     habits in both vocal and body language.


     Outline: Outline is typed in proper form and follows MLA

     format. (See handout.) Outline is turned in on time.

     (Deadline will be given in advance by instructor.)

     REMINDER: Failure to turn your outline in on time

     results in the lowering of your score by one letter



     Length: 5 to 8 minutes.



As always . . .

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