Assignment 8

Instructions

As with Presentation Analysis #1 (Module 1), students will select two presentations from TED.com, comparing both an informative and persuasive speech.  Write a 2-3 page paper comparing and contrasting the two presentations and speakers.

Be sure to include the TED speech titles and speakers’ names in your paper.

  • STEP 1: Compare and contrast the presentation skills of both speakers:
    • What presentation skills did the presenters have? What skills could they use work on?
    • Which speaker was more effective? Why?
  • STEP 2: For the informative presentation, answer the following:
    • What was the speech topic?
    • How was the presentation structured, i.e. Topical, Chronological, Spatial, etc.?
    • What did you learn about the topic that you did not know before the speech? Is that knowledge useful to you? Why?
    • What do you feel was the presenter’s biggest strength?  What was the presenter’s biggest weakness?
  • STEP 3: For the persuasive presentation, answer the following:
    • What is the thesis or main idea of the speech?
    • Does the speaker persuade you to agree with their point of view and/or to take the action they desire? How?
    • What do you feel was the presenter’s biggest strength?  What was the presenter’s biggest weakness?
  • STEP 4: How well did you listen, answer the following:
    • How well did you listen for content?
    • Did the speech hold your attention? Why or why not?
    • Identify one specific technique from this week’s readings, which you could cultivate to improve your listening skills.

Your paper should be in APA format, with both in-text citations and references.

  • Your assignment should be approximately 500 words in length (typically, two double-spaced pages.
  • Your assignment should include a title page and a reference list page, and be completed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with appropriate header, page numbers, one-inch margins, and meet all other requirements of APA Stylebook.
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