Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Speeches - what makes a good one?

Speeches .... they can be the most daunting task ever asked of you during your school years and for some of you the most exciting!. One trick for improving your confidence if you are one of those students who fears them is to start assessing what makes a good speech. We will be looking at the structure of what makes a good speech (hamburger model) but for now while we are in the planning stages of deciding our topics we need to look at speeches and asses what makes them good. Watch the following clip, what does it tell you about what makes a good speech? what are some of the techniques used? What is the focus of these speeches? are they aiming to Persuade, Inform or Entertain?

23 comments:

  1. President Obama is a good speaker because he has had a lot of practice. If I could give your class one piece of advice it would be to practice, practice, practice.
    Mr. C

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  2. Hi my name is Nicky and I go to Te Awamutu intermediate I think it is really good that your class has put some things on about speech to help kids become more involved in doing them. Can you please get someone from your class to leave a comment on my blog at Nickyl3.wordpress.com I would really appreciate it

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  3. I think the video showed us that repeptition and simple messages are important to drive facts home. It makes them more effective. We would also like to thank everyone in Room 10 for their comments over the past few days we have been very busy but will make sure that we comment on your blog and all the wonderful work at Morrinsville Intermediate.
    Room 8, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton.

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  4. nicole123 rm10 MISMay 1, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    A good speech has expression, some gestures and
    emotions. People put a little bit of comedy into it. An effective pause helps to get attention before Barak Obama said his catch phrase “Yes We Can,” which was repeated several times. I believe speaking with confidence is a key thing. This video shows all of these things.

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  5. Obama puts so much emphasis and meaning into his words, I think the success of his speeches is caused by the fact that everything he says is backed up by a confidence in himself and what he states. I have learnt from this video that to make something stick in the minds of your audience you should use a catch phrase and repeat it throughout your speech so people will remember it. Another thing that is also very effective is dramatic pauses before and/or after a vital piece of information etcetera.

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  6. Barak Obama is a very strong and confident speaker in front of the public. Mr Obama’s speech in this video is informing us that he can make a difference in The United States Of America. His speech is made out of strong words, strong message and effective pauses “yes we can”. Mr Obama has got great enthusiasm, independence, and integrity in his speech he also has a very strong catch phrase.

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  7. Barak Obama has great eye contact with the audience. he has a loud voice and Barak uses good pitch and lots of enthusiasm. he shows respect to the country and to other.

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  8. I liked the way Barak Obama showed his confidence by his positive attitude and loud volume. I think he is a great role model for kids and adults to learn powerful speeches.

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  9. To make an excellent speech you need to use pause to create tension. You to speek up so the crowed con hear you loud and clear and you should talk slow and not too fast.

    Jarrod

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  10. You need to look at the crowd when you are giving a speech. You will need to talk clearly and if you were making a speech you need to have a topic that you are really interested in.

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  11. To creat an excellent speech you need to speck loud and clearly.An excellent speech should have some humour in it to make your audience laugh.You need to speck slow enough so your audience can understand you and you need to look at the audience not your speech.

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  12. You need some humour e.g. Chuck Norris and also you could use a catch fraze like Barak Obama did. You need to speak clearly and slowly so the audience can understand you. Also, I recommend you are enthusiastic.

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  13. A good speech is like Barak Obamas’ speech. I like the way Barak Obama showed his confidence and attitude, he speaks clearly and has a nice loud voice. He sends a powerful message out to the public by saying “yes we can”

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  14. I think that a good speech ha sgood volume and a very smart short word phrase. You need to use expression Obama shows confidence getting up saying a speech to his country. I think it's a peruasive speech. Confidence is a good thing to have when saying a speech because most people are too nervouse to get up and speak.

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  15. I think that the key to a good speech is loud volume, lots of eye contact and to know your speech off by heart thats why Barak Obama is my favorite public speaker. He also put alot of energy into it and he has an exellent catch phrase.

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  16. Someone saying a good speech would speak loudly and have effective pauses. They would be expressive and use gestures. The speaker should know their speech off by heart.

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  17. shenae(rm10 student)May 1, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Obama has confidence and a nice loud voice. He speaks clearly and obviously likes his speech topic. Obama used a catch phrase and he really got his message out there. I think this is a good example for other people.

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  18. Yes we can compaign barak obama had an loud voice. To make a excellent speech you need a loud voice and a planned speech.

    kurt

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  19. I think a good speech includes eye contact, a loud voice, a strong message and sometimes a little humour is good too. Barrak obama showed most of these things.

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  20. antonia (rm10mis)May 1, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    I think a great speech is when you are confident. You need to be loud and know it off by heart...
    say it with pride.

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  21. jade(rm10 student)May 1, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    You have to have a clear voice and have pauses when you do your speech just like Barak obama.

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  22. I liked the way Barak .H. Obama showed confidence in his speech by standing tall and proud. I think that a good speech is made up of a loud voice, looking at the audience and knowing it off by heart.

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  23. To make excellent speeches you need to be really prepared. You need to have eye contact with the aldience and stand up straight.
    thomas

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