Public Speaking: Assignment 2 - Persuasive Speech

Instructor: Matt McClintock
If you have a College Accelerator membership and are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit three oral presentations and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your presentations before registering for the final. Below you will find the prompt for your persuasive speech and instructions explaining how to submit it.

Persuasive Speech

Public speaking is a skill that everyone needs at some point in their academic or professional career. In this course, you learned how to research, outline, and deliver different types of speeches. For this assignment, please prepare and deliver a 5 to 10-minute persuasive speech with accompanying visual aids. Here are some guidelines to follow for your project:

  • Choose an appropriate topic for a persuasive speech. We recommend choosing a topic you're familiar with and that can comfortably fill a 5 to 10-minute time period.
  • Choose appropriate visual aids that would work best for your presentation, such as slideshows, poster boards, demonstrations, etc. If you choose to do a slideshow, please use PowerPoint or a suitable alternative (such as Google Slides).
  • Record yourself delivering your speech using a camera and save the recording. (Your computer webcam should work just fine.) Make sure you set up the recording to capture your gestures and expressions.
  • You may refer to notes or index cards during the speech; however, please be sure to maintain eye contact with the camera.

Using Sources

While not all presentations will need to be researched, we recommend backing up any facts, figures, data, or statistics with credible sources. If you do use sources, please properly cite them in APA format in your presentation, slideshow, or a separate Works Cited page. If you use lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA format (including the lesson title and instructor's name).

If you're unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons:

Grading Rubric

Your project will be graded based on the following rubric:

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