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1 Got a message you’d like to share? Want to inspire or motivate people? Original Oratory is the event for you!

2 General Rules An oratory is 7-10 minutes in length. It is memorized and no note cards or aids may be used to help the competitor remember the speech. There may be no more than 150 quoted words, or 30 seconds worth of quoted speech. An oratory is given standing up, in front of a judge and five to eight other competitors. In semi-finals and final rounds, audiences may be present. There may be no props, charts, diagrams, etc.

3 Topic Selection INTEREST –Choose a topic that really interests you! –You’ll be spending a lot of time & energy on it –It will show in your performance IDEAS –Browse topic list –Browse current event topic lists SCOPE –Your topic must be manageable –Avoid topics that are too broad or too narrow

4 Topic Selection TIME –Choose a topic based on your time allocation –Determine how much time you can spend researching and memorizing APPROACH –Pro or con –Humorous or serious ASPECTS –A broad topic such as “trucks” –Narrow what aspect of trucks? Trucking industry, truck driving lingo, etc.

5 Topic Selection CLARITY –Be clear about what your topic is –Be clear about what you’re researching APPEAL –Be sure your topic has universal appeal –Be sure your audience will be able to relate to the topic SAMPLE TOPICS –Achievement –Fears –Success, etc. –See handout for more…

6 Speech Structure Introduction: The introduction may begin with a joke, a story, or an interesting fact, often called the "Attention Getting Device". A successful oratory will either make the audience, judge laugh or grab their attention. Apart from grabbing the attention of those listening, the main purpose of the introduction is to explain in an interesting and creative manner what your speech is about. It is often important to explicitly state from the very beginning what you are talking about so the judge and audience doesn't have to guess. This also makes it easier for the judge, because they know what sort of things to look for when listening to the speech.

7 Speech Structure Problem: After the introduction, an oratory will usually explain in a little more detail than what was given in the introduction what the topic is about. When doing this, the orator should explain why this topic is important. For example, if the topic is about individuality or being your own person, an Orator might explain that a decrease in individuality is bad because it lowers your ability to stand up for what you believe in or it makes you conform to standards instead of forming your own beliefs and values.

8 Speech Structure Causes/Effects: Next, the orator could explain what is causing the problem. Since Oratory is generally a speech used to encourage people to take action against a problem, it is important to explain what specifically is causing the problem. This allows the audience to know specifically what they need to look out for. An orator will possibly explain that by attacking the problem by the "roots" (what causes it), it will be easiest to solve it. Similarly, it is important to explain the negative effects of the causes. Discussing the causes is important to the oratory because it validities the fact that the topic is in fact a significant problem.

9 Speech Structure Solution: The most important part of an oratory is often considered the "solution." This should be creative, innovative, and should be presented in such a way that will encourage both the judge and the audience to take proactive measures to act against the problem. In an oratory about individuality, the solutions might be to 1) Relax and decide what you yourself want to do, 2) Resist temptations to simply follow others even though it might be the easiest way 3) Even if others don't follow you, if you think its right, then it is the best path for you personally to take. This part of the oratory will also explain the positive benefits of following these solutions which will make the judge and the audience want to listen to them (i.e. it gives the speech merit). It is imperative that the solution is not forgotten, otherwise an oratory is simply a wasted ten minutes. No one wants to hear about a problem without being told what they can do to fix it.

10 Speech Structure Conclusion: Judges look at the conclusion and judge based on whether or not it ties in with the introduction. If you told a story about a problem you got yourself in for your introduction, use the conclusion to finish the story and tell how you fixed the problem. If it was a fact, elaborate on the fact. By tying the introduction to the conclusion, it gives the speech a feeling of fluidity.

11 Speech Structure OVERVIEW Introduction –A–Attention-getter –C–Credibility –L–Link to the Audience –T–Topic (thesis) –S–SIGNPOST (creative) Body –P–Problem, Cause, Solution Conclusion –S–Summary –T–Tie back to Intro –C–Clincher

12 Delivery The key to gain the audience's attention isn't through your topic, it's through your passion. Be sure your gestures are meaningful and purposeful Be sure your facial expressions match your text and emotion Be sure you plan your vocalics/pausing Control your stance (don’t fidget or sway)

13 Questions to ask yourself… Speech Effectiveness: Did the speech have any inspiration or purpose to make the audience react? Bodily Movement: What gestures did the speaker perform to help the audience better visualize what was said? Support: Was what the speaker said backed up by proof? Was the evidence visualized with current proof, past proof, or quoted by words from other experienced people? Factual: Is what the speaker saying really true? Was the purpose of your Oration mostly truthful and not mostly opinion based?

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