Rehearsing and Delivering the Speech
Though students may have written out their speeches word-for-word, they often will not deliver them that way. Simply reading a speech from a page can be deadly. The speaker spends the whole time looking down rather than connecting with the audience. And rote delivery with flat tone convinces the listener that even the speaker is not interested in what is being said.
As TED talks demonstrate, fully memorized speeches with no note cards are the most engaging, but most students will have neither the time nor the confidence to go this route. This page helps them find a happy medium, somewhere between full memorization and rote recitation.
A list or outline provides that middle ground. It captures the opening and closing lines, thesis, main points, and details, but requires the speaker to paraphrase those ideas. A list or outline gives a student structure while letting the person speak naturally. It provides a safety net instead of a cage.
Lead students through their options, and then have them prepare their speeches for presentation.