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SONG LYRIC SPEECH OBJECTIVES

Time -- 2 minutes to 4 Minutes–no shorter no longer

Objectives:

  • 1.

    Develop public speaking skills.

  • 2.

    Create an understanding of your audience.

  • 3.

    Learn to interpret published material.

  • 4.

    Develop a manuscript that is effective and easy to use.

  • 5.

    Have fun – learn some lyrics.

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The Lyric Speech is an opportunity to use others’ works in an interpretive manner. This project will allow you to focus more on the presentation and interpretation of others’ material than creating and organizing the information. Often while public speaking, we add quotes or stories to our speech to “spice it up.” It is then that you may assume a voice or character distinctly different from your own and present others’ thoughts and or work – you will want your audience to know that it is not your “voice.” I would suggest that you select a song you are unfamiliar with and listen to it after you have decided how you will present the song. (Read the cassette, album and CD jackets, pick lyrics you enjoy, decide how to present them, THEN listen to the song.) You will speak the lyrics NOT SING them. If it is a song that you know well you might bust out into that song–This is a speaking exercise, not karaoke. Once you have found a song you will put the lyrics into Manuscript form.

The Manuscript: The Manuscript is to be Typed, Large Font (20pt.+), double and triple spaced; no widows or orphans on the page. You could Bold or highlight the first word in each sentence to make it easy to pick up the start of each sentence. You could start all sentences on the left margin so you don’t have to fish around in the interior of the page to find the start of the next sentence. Your goal is to develop a manuscript that is easy to use when delivering the speech. Get your manuscript done as soon as possible so that you can begin to practice with your manuscript. There is a web page available on the Public Speakers’ site that is a Lyrics clearinghouse of sorts. You can go to the page and find just about any lyrics that you are looking for. Once you find the lyrics that you are interested in you can then copy and past the lyrics into your word processor. You can do this by highlighting the lyrics then hold down the 'Ctrl' key and hit the 'C' key to copy the highlighted text while still holding the ‘Ctrl” key. Let up the keys. Next you will open up a document in your word processor and put your cursor where you want it in the new document. Hold down the 'Ctrl' key and hit the 'V' key to paste the highlighted text/lyrics into your new document. This is an excellent way to copy and paste text between and within applications in Microsoft Windows. Now you will need to edit the lyrics and make an effective, usable Manuscript.

Things I will consider while grading this speech (a partial list):

  • 1.

    Does the performance meet the objectives of the project?

  • 2.

    Do your vocal and physical aspects work well with the message you are intending to send the audience?

  • 3.

    Do you gesture appropriately and maintain eye contact with your audience indicating practice?

  • 4.

    Are you enthusiastic about your presentation and your choice of lyrics?

  • 5.

    Have you demonstrated effective delivery skills and effective skills using a manuscript?

  • 6.

    Speeches must be a minimum of 2minutes and a maximum of 4 minutes-otherwise they will be penalized.

  • 7.

    Deliver the lyrics to the class using your verbal and nonverbal skills to bring the lyrics to life.

Evaluation: You will evaluate your classmates presentations to help them improve and to improve your own skills. Evaluation is an important part of this class. It is just as important to be in class when others are presenting as when you are presenting. You will use the following questions to do your own self-evaluation while viewing your speech on videotape. You will type the responses to each of the following questions. Be detailed, concise, and specific in you self-evaluations. You will also include specific, concise, and comprehensive suggestions for improvement in your next speech. You will develop a specific plan of action and steps that you will take to improve. Then you will turn in your typed responses from this video self-evaluation.

  • 1.

    Describe your voice, gestures, and bodily action. What message(s) did they seem to communicate?

  • 2.

    Did your use of voice, gestures, and bodily action enhance the message of your speech and compliment your lyrics?

  • 3.

    What will you do to reinforce or change your use of your voice, gestures, and bodily action to enhance and further reinforce the message of your next public speaking opportunity?

  • 4.

    Did you establish a dialogue/connection with your audience? Why or Why not? Give examples to support your answers.

  • 5.

    Describe, in detail, what you have learned from this speaking opportunity, and how you will use this in future speaking opportunities.

  • 6.

    Describe, in detail, what specific areas you will improve by your next speech and exactly what steps you will take to improve for your next speech. Once you have created a vision—a plan of action will allow you to walk into that vision. Build the Plan and the improvement will come. Include every step you can think of to improve for your next speech.

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