ASSIGNMENT NARRATIVE SPEECH
Time limit: 2 minutes
Speaking notes: 1 notecard
Source of information: Your own personal experience
Purpose: This assignment gives you a chance to practice preparing and presenting a speech and to receive feedback from the audience. This speech will account for 5% of your grade. You will get feedback on your speech from the instructor and your classmates.
Overview: The narrative speech is essentially a speech which tells a story. Narrative speeches often deal with a personal experience. We hear this kind of speech from athletes, missionaries, and business leaders, who often have very interesting personal stories to tell. For this assignment, you will also be telling a story or describing personal experience.
Preparation Instructions: Prepare a 2-minute speech, outlining your major points on 1 notecard. You may choose to do EITHER a vivid experience speech, or a “pet peeve” speech. With either of these, the goal is to pick something that intensely touches you.
1) The Vivid Experience Speech
In this speech, you should recount an event which made a profound impression on you. It may have taught you something about life, helped you grow in some way, or changed the way you think about something, someone, or some issue. Think of something which significantly shaped you as person.
Surviving a tornado
Saving a life
Reaching a long-held goal
Overcoming a fear or obstacle
Spending time living in another culture
Going to boot camp
Optional: It sometimes is effective to bring in a object that is visually symbolic of your experience, to serve as a visual aid during your speech.
2) The Pet Peeve Speech
If you prefer, you may choose to do a “pet peeve” speech instead. To choose your topic, think of something that really annoys or irritates you. It should make your blood boil just to think about it. Examples of good topics for this speech would include:
Parents who don’t put their children in car seats
Kids addicted to TV
Smokers in elevators
Your speech should include at least one personal example of an encounter with your pet peeve.
Delivery Instructions: Your primary goal should be to project a lively, enthusiastic style with lots of eye contact. Do not read your speech. Rehearse and time yourself delivering your speech to be sure you can stay within the time limit. Make sure your speech has an effective beginning, a good body and a clear conclusion.
(Note: This is longer than what I require of you)
Introduction: Speaker I grew up in a little
essential to the point of the and so it was sort of natural that my father and I
story. He sets the scene for were avid hunters. We use to go out every other
us. day during the season.
not stated The last year I lived in
directly, the speaker clearly year in high school. My parents had divorced and
implies that his pattern is my father was living in
narrative and that he wants chance we had to go hunting was the last day of
to share with the audience the season. We knew this might be our last
new understanding. hunting trip together in the woods.
What we did not know was that this trip would
bring us closer together than we had ever been
before, and it would teach me a lesson I would
Language: The speaker’s style We had a ritual: up at 3:00 a.m., off to Dunkin
be for a speech of a more morning hunting, get lunch, and then go back to
serious nature. A narrative is a the woods until 4:15, the official end of the
less formal pattern of public hunting day. On this last trip, we got dressed up
speaking, and so the language in our boots, long underwear, and heavy pants.
can often be more casual without Then quietly, so as not to wake my mother and
becoming incorrect. sister, we loaded up the truck and headed
off to the place my father humorously called
“Drucken Donuts,” because of some of the people
we would meet at that time of the morning.
Language: Notice the phrases Arriving at the donut shop, we slogged down a
and words used to get from couple of cups of coffee, three donuts each, and
event to event. The speaker listened to the stories of other hunters, most of
avoids overusing such words which were about the big eight-pointer that had
as next and then. eluded their sights, or the friend who was nearly
laced with buckshot but an overanxious
weekend Daniel Boone. When we left the shop
it was about 5:00 a.m. and just a five-minute
ride to the preserve.
Actual hunting starts at 6:00 a.m., so we couldn’t
up our guns till then. My dad was a stickler for
the rules of hunting, always telling me, “If the
deer can’t cheat, neither can we.” When we
finally walked into the woods we immediately
came upon a scrape that had been made by the
deer. It was about one foot square.
Language: The speaker For those of you who don’t know what a scrape
defines terms he feels may be is, I’d better tell you. The deer scrapes off the
unclear to the audience. Such topsoil—I should say the buck—and then urinates
brief digressions are acceptable in the middle. This marks off the buck’s
in a narrative. territory. My father decided to hunt about fifty
yards away from the scrape in hopes of getting
a shot at a doe or another buck coming to
investigate the scrape. I walked about two
Notice that the speaker hundred yards up the trail that led to the scrape
would have a shutout right now.”