Spend some time reflecting on the videotape of your speech (and then later, in your second reflection paper, on your experiences with the second speech in comparison with this first speech), and then write a 500-750 word paper (typed, double-spaced, 10 or 12 point font) evaluation of your presentation.

SELF-REFLECTION GUIDELINES

Spend some time reflecting on the videotape of your speech (and then later, in your second reflection paper, on your experiences with the second speech in comparison with this first speech), and then write a 500-750 word paper (typed, double-spaced, 10 or 12 point font) evaluation of your presentation. What were the specific strengths you believe you demonstrated? What were specific areas of weakness that you believe diminished the effectiveness of the presentation? Remember, it is NOT sufficient to focus your evaluation entirely on the negatives or solely on delivery. If you get stuck, you might find it useful to consider the following questions:

PREPARATION

What did you do to prepare for this speech?
What might you have done (or will you try to do for the next speech) differently in order for a more effective speech?
INTRODUCTION

How effective was your attention-getting strategy?
How effective were you at establishing credibility?
How effectively did you try to relate this topic to your audience?
BODY/CONTENT

Although you were familiar with the content of your speech, your audience was only exposed to it for five to eight minutes or so. Were you clear in your theme?
How would you revise your speech so that you could improve it?
What can you say about the organization of your speech?
Were your ideas developed thoroughly?
You might even consider looking at your strongest (or your weakest) transition and stating why you think it was effective (or ineffective).
CONCLUSION

Did you clearly summarize key points from your speech?
Did you leave your audience with a lasting impression?
DELIVERY

What were your strengths?
What do you need to improve?
Did your delivery fit the mood of the speech?
How effectively did you utilize the presentation aid?
Did you use utilize effective vocal and physical delivery?
Assignment addresses, in addition to outlines and in-class engagements, Course Learning Objective 1, 4.