2 Characteristics of a Demonstration Speech A good demonstration speech teaches. It's a variation of the informative speech with in-built visual aids. The audience, through listening, watching or participating, learns something new. As their guide, you will take them through a process of 'show and tell' covering each step from set-up to finish. Think of it as a 'how-to'.Examples of topics easily fitting its requirements are:How to wax a surfboardHow to make a pumpkin pieHow to fix a puncture in your bike tire
3 How to Choose a TopicThe following questions will assist you in choosing an appropriate Demonstration Speech Topic:Who is your audience?What will be of interest to them?It's much, much harder to persuade an unwilling or bored audience that you have anything interesting to say or show. Choose appropriatelyWhy does my audience need to listen to my speech?‘What will they gain from it?' Put yourself in their shoes. If you were them, what would make your topic appeal?
4 How to Choose a Topic, cont. Can this topic be broken down into easily followed sequential steps? If the answer is 'YES' you can go ahead. If the answer is 'NO' you'll need to think again.Can this topic adapt to fit the setting for the speech? Example: My topic is 'How to saddle a horse correctly'. The setting for my speech is the classroom, or a hall. Understandably, I can't bring my horse! But is there another way around the problem? Can I use video-clips I shot and edited? be sure to ask what the rules are before committing yourself to using other media forms i.e. power point presentation, video etc.Is this topic something I'm passionate about or genuinely interested in? Your enthusiasm (or lack of it) communicates directly with the audience. It bypasses your words and shows in your body language. Are you committed? Are you interested? Do you really care?Great demonstration speeches are a combination of confidence and information. You need both.
5 Planning, PreparationThe goal is to successfully teach a process or skill. Success or failure in teaching is always measured from the pupil or student's perspective. So if my demonstration speech is on 'how to tie a tie', then the desired result is an audience capable of tying their own ties or at least inspired to try.Three- part format:Introduction: tell the audience what it is they're going to learn, why they'll benefit from learning it and why you chose the topic.Body of the speech -- the demonstration itself (be sure that you cover each step in the process, and that you explain each step in enough detail so that anyone can complete the task at a basic level of competence (see Slide # 7-9 for more information)
6 Planning, Preparation & Delivery, cont. Conclusion -- summarizing what it is that's been learnt and reinforcing its benefits.Woven throughout each of these segments you'll provide visual aids (either the items themselves or charts, diagrams, photographs, video etc.) and personal stories to illustrate.You may even include the audience if appropriate. For example, if you're tying ties, then having one for everybody to practice with as you're going through the steps makes sense.
7 The Body of Demonstration Speeches Begin with the desired outcomeConsider the steps needed to complete the taskDo the task yourself, asking as you go along:What does my audience need to know about each step?What will make it easier for my audience to understand?Do they need to see it?Do they need to do it?Do I need to include every step or can I safely either skip some or clump them together?
8 Speech DeliveryTalk the process out loud to yourself making sure your vocabulary is free of jargon or if you do use specialist words, you explain them fully.Ask for feedback so you can fine tune the balance between 'showing and telling'. :
9 Speech Deliver, cont. Questions you'll want answered are: Are the steps in the process logical?Are my instructions or explanations clear?Is it interesting, amusing, effective?What do I need to do to improve?
10 Speech Topics teach a child to ride a bike teach a child to read the timeread to a childread musicset a dinner tablefold table napkinsprepare a baby's bottlewash a dogplay an instrumentwrite a thank-you lettersharpen a knifeprepare chicken safelymake your own relish, jam, pastry...read brailleuse sign language
11 Speech Topics, cont. iron a shirt properly make a perfect posy of flowersread the language of flowersoil a bike chainchange a tiremend a puncturelearn to skate boardlearn to surfdo basic first aidsurvive in the bush, desert, mountains...prepare a survival kitbuy online safelytake a good photographcare for a petbake bread, bagels...
12 Speech Topics, cont. read the tides read body language understand cultural difference in body languagecatch a fishprepare and set a netsmoke a fishplay chessdo a cross-wordapply make-up correctlyselect the right make-up for youtravel safely in a foreign countryburglar proof your homesave moneyrecyclebreak old habitslearn to draw, sketch
13 Speech Topics, cont. grow your own herbs make your own cosmetics, creams etcsew your own clothesdesign your own clothesfix a blocked sinkfix a leaking faucetreplace a cracked tilepolish wooden furniture correctlymake natural dyesspin or weaveplay with a small childcreate a seasonal centre piece for the tablemake a Christmas wreathpaint eggsmake chocolate
14 Speech Topics, cont. scrapbook fly a kite knot a tie make your own jewelry from antique buttonsuse chop sticksprepare green tea and serve it correctlywax a surfboardtake a pulsedefend yourself (basic self defense)interpret a modern paintingread a palmplan a partyprune a rose
15 Speech Topics, cont. talk to a deaf person how to design & make a greeting cardknitcrochetembroiderquiltfeltalter your own clothes...take up a hem etc.sharpen a knifeprepare chicken safelymake your own relish, jam, pastry...read brailleuse sign language
16 Speech Topics, cont. lift without damaging your back choose colors that suit youchoose clothes that suit yougraft a plantgrow from seedprepare and plant a tub with flower or vegetable seedlingsbonsairecognize poisonous plants or insectsread the cloudsread the stars
17 Speech Topics, cont. learn to paint in water colors make papier mache work puppetsdecoupageuse stencilsmake a perfect cup of coffee, tea...
18 Speech Topics, cont. press flowers whistle train a puppy make a bird feederplait or braid hairdo a cheap style make-overshop at thrift storesrestore a piece of furniture