Speaking skill analysis is a comprehensive look at both the public speaker and the delivery. Our analysis will cover three areas of the speech. Use these to grade your self or be graded to attain constant and never ending improvement.
How To Master Speaker Skills
When giving a speech, it will be impossible to include all of the speaking skills in the same speech. These skill sets need to be second nature to attain speech mastery.
Speaking skill analysis covers the three pillars of a great speech.
Speaking Skill: Consider the Content
Note: this section looks at the speaking skill analysis of what is said. However it should be noted in developing public speaking skill sometimes the skills are synergistic. Some of the speaking skills actually hold up two separate pillars.
For instance, gestures are a part of how we say and at the same time a part of us as a presenter. For this section, focus on words. The choice of words, how they are said and how they are used. The speaking skill analysis is considering the purpose of the speech in connection with the use of words.
Spaced repetition of main points
Repetition of difficult to understand material
Repetition to emphasize (emphasis)
You could use a wrench to hammer a nail, but not very effectively. If words were tools, the speaking skill analysis considers how effective what is being said matches the purpose of saying it throughout the lecture.
Maintain eye contact with audienceContact maintained by direct address
Speaking Skill: The Presenter
In addition to speaking skill analysis of a speech there are other types of speech analysis.The science of critical thinking applied to speeches creates another type of analysis. This analysis is related to the message, its truthfulness and impact. It is equally important in a world so full of information. Although speaking skill analysis can look at the parts, it is the whole that is considered. However it is not part of our focus so will not be covered in depth here.
Some notable comments on the subject...
"I have advocated for 30 years that, in order to preserve our democracy and protect ourselves against demagogues, we should have courses in schools on how to watch TV, how to read newspapers, how to analyze a speech, how to understand the limitations of each medium and make a judgment as to the accuracy or the motives involved."
Walter Cronkite, retired news anchor for CBS television network.
"It is no longer enough to simply read and write. Students must also become literate in the understanding of visual images. Our children must learn how to spot a stereotype, isolate a social cliché and distinguish facts from propaganda, analysis from banter, important news from coverage."
Ernest Boyer, past president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and former U.S. Commissioner of Education.