Speaking Skill Analysis

Can You Master These Speaker Skills?

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.

    • Informative to the Audience
    • Persuasive speech

    • Motivational speech

    • Informative presentation
    • Did presenter inform you on the subject being discussed?

      Did you walk away with an understanding of subject?

      Was it practical, useable, relevant for the audience type.

    • Introduction capture attention and interest
    • Introduction suitable for theme
    • Introduction of appropriate length
    • Understandable
    • Is the meaning clear, is it understandable.

      Was the information understandable to the audience type?

      Was it presented at the understanding level of the audience?

      Was it expressed in simplest terms while still maintaining meaning?

      Were unfamiliar terms explained?

      Quantity of material appropriate for time and subject?

    • Theme emphasized
    • Repetition of key words

      Repetition of key ideas

    • Logical development of subject matter
    • Order of material presented reasonable

      Material relevant to theme

      Necessary material not excluded

    • Coherence
    • Was each point connected to the next logically?

    • Coherence through connectors

      Were transitional expressions or connectors used?

      Was coherence appropriate for understanding by audience?

    • Repetition to aid memory
    • Spaced repetition of main points

      Repetition of difficult to understand material

      Repetition to emphasize (emphasis)

    • Main points clearly discernible
    • Appropriate number of main points
      Main points developed appropriately
      Sub-points linked to main points

    • Type of argument used
    • Did argument fit material?

      Did argument fit speaker?

    • Was argument convincing
    • Was a foundation laid?

      Appropriate proof given (were appropriate proof tests used)

      Was summary effective

    • Audience helped to reason
    • Was explicit goal discernible?

      Was implicit goal discernible?

      Common ground maintained?

      Development of points suitable?

      Application to audience suitable?

    • Illustrations suitable for material
    • Simple and understandable

      Application clearly presented

      Linked to main points for emphasis

    • Illustrations suitable for audience
    • Appropriate for audience background

      Appropriate content

    • Conclusion effective and suitable
    • Conclusion fits theme of talk

      Conclusion reviews the unique pre-sell proposition

      Conclusion calls audience to action

    • Conclusion of appropriate length
    Speaking Skill: How it’s Said

      Note: this section the speaking skill analysis looks at how words are used, not from the definition standpoint, rather the manner of speech.

      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.

    • Conversational delivery
    • Conversational expressions used in delivery

      Conversational style of delivery

      If colloquialisms were used, were they appropriate to audience or subject matter?

    • Fluency
    • Pronunciation
    • Correct word usage

    • Modulation
    • Variable use of power

      Variable use of pace

      Variable use of pitch

      Modulation appropriate for emotion or thought

    • Enthusiastic Delivery
    • Enthusiasm through animated delivery

      Enthusiasm appropriate to material

      Enthusiasm appropriate to motivation or persuasion

    • Sense stress
    • Appropriate words stressed

      Appropriate us of stress presenting principal ideas

    • Warmth, feeling
    • Warmth manifested in facial expression

      Warmth manifested in tone of voice

      Warmth and feeling appropriate to subject matter

    • Gestures
    • Descriptive gestures

      Emphatic gestures

    • Volume
    • Loud enough to be comfortably heard

      Volume appropriate to circumstances

      Volume appropriate for material

      Correct use of microphone

      Ability to adapt to microphone failure

      Ability to adapt to microphone feed back

    • Proper Pausing
    • Pause to punctuate

      Pause to change thought

      Pause for emphasis

      Pause for circumstances that require it

    • Timing
    • References properly introduced
    • References read with emphasis
    • See above regarding emphasis

    • Audience encouraged using handouts
    • By recommendation

      By identifying hand out appropriately

      By identifying place in text being discussed

      By allowing time to find place in text

      Attention focused on reason for using handout

    • Reference application made clear
    • Material adapted for the specific “job to be done” of the audience
    • Expressions made understandable for the audience
      Appropriate sections selected

      Practical value of hand out material highlighted

    • Visual Contact with Audience maintained by use of notes
    • Maintain eye contact with audience

      Contact maintained by direct address

    • Use of outline
    • Use of Manuscript
    • Reading to Audience
    • Reading with emphasis
      Right words stressed
      Effective method of emphasis used

    • PowerPoint Presentation

    • Effectively used of electronic visual aids
      Visual aid made interesting
      Visual aid correlated with handout
      Effective handling of equipment failure
      Avoiding unnecessary regressions

    Speaking Skill: The Presenter

      Note: This speaking skill analysis looks at the presenter and how he communicates with his appearance. Although debated, rapport and charisma are speaking skill qualities that can be learned by a speaker. This section starts with the basics.
    • Confidence and poise

    • Specific material
      Informative to your audience
      Material of practical value
      Accuracy of statement
      Additional clarifying material

    • Confidence and poise

    • Poise manifest in physical bearing

      Poise shown by controlled voice

    • Personal appearance
    • Proper attire and grooming

      Proper posture

      Neat equipment

      No inappropriate facial expression

    • Power Point Presentation
    • Appropriate Graphics

      Appropriate Font for ease of reading

      Appropriate lay out of graphics.

      Graphics in good taste

    • Other Visual Aids
    • Appropriate Graphics

      Appropriate Font for ease of reading

      Appropriate lay out of graphics.

      Graphics in good taste

    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.

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