Informative Speech Evaluation List
Time: 5-7 Minutes
Practice until you’re sure that your speech will be within the two-minute margin! A speech that runs too short or too long is definitive evidence that it was not practiced enough.
Arrangement: 3-5 Main Points?
§ Effectively and creatively gained the audience’s attention?
§ Clear statement of subject and topic?
§ Clear Preview of main points?
§ Established Ethos & related topic to audience?
§ Effective Signal?
§ Relevant Summary?
§ Smooth transitions?
§ Well organized and easy to follow?
§ Discrete and complete main points?
Invention: All significant arguments from both sides?
§ Effectively supported claims with evidence [oral cites]?
§ Effective visual aid?
§ Were all essential perspectives covered?
§ Does the audience understand the nature and key elements of the topic?
§ Was the topic sufficiently researched?
Memory & Delivery: Credible enough?
§ Eye contact?
§ Free enough from reading?
§ Voice projection/inflection/rate?
§ Disfluencies & nervous habits?
§ Gestures & posture?
§ Was the speech sufficiently practiced?