How to critique a speech

This is an important tool to help you progress as a speaker. This is your skills Public Speech Critique self directed reveiw. If your using public speaking coaching or public speaking training to master your oratory skills, then a critique of your qualities can help you progress.

Skills Public Speech Critique List

Does the speech fulfill the job to be done?

Know the Make Up of Your Audience

Does the language or words of the speaker demonstrate a recognition of the audience make up?

If there, were young ones included?

If an elderly audience, does the speaker make references that only the young will appreciate?

Introductions that Capture Attention

Does the introduction arouse interest?

Does it capture your audience attention?

Use of Questions

Does the speaker effectively and appropriately use questions?

Were there leading questions?

Were there rhetorical questions?

Were there open ended questions?

Was there audience participation questions used?

Overall timing: was it within 30 seconds of allotted time?

Was the timing of introduction appropriate?

Accurate Pronunciation

Did the speaker pronounce words correctly?

Were names pronounced correctly?

Correct Word Usage

Did the speaker use the appropriate words?

Were the words used correctly?

Proper Name Pronunciation Do you know the three different circumstances where this is vital?

Words Clearly Spoken

Was the speaking clear throughout the talk?

Was there a fluent use of words?

Was the entire speech fluent?

Pace Pitch Power

Did the speaker use an appropriate pace.

Was their a variation of pace?

Was pitch appropriate?

Did the speaker vary the pitch?

Was the power appropriate at the right time?

Was there a variation of power?

Word Whiskers

Were there any . uhs. and uhs. or other common whiskers?

Were there other kinds such as. and now. now. or and next.

Was there pausing for emphasis?

Was there pausing for drama?

Were pauses used for transitions?

Did the speaker pause for circumstances (if necessary)?

Did the speaker pause to allow the audience to think?

Sense stress

Did the speaker use sense stress?

Was the sense stress appropriately?

Enthusiastic Presentation

Was the enthusiasm appropriate for the talk?

Was the speaker natural and conversational?

Were there emphatic gestures?

Were there descriptive gestures?

Did the gestures turn into mannerisms?

Were they clear?

Were they appropriate?

Dress, Grooming and Poise

Was the dress, grooming appropriate?

Use of an Outline

Did the speaker use an outline? Did the speaker use a manuscript?

Rapport with Audience

Did the speaker build rapport with the audience?

Coherence Through Connectors

Did the speaker use connectives from thought to thought?

Were connectors used for transitions from points?

Were connectives used?

Dynamic Range

Was there a use of dynamic range in the voice?

Public Speaking Microphones

Did the speaker make full use of the mic?

Use of Profanity

Did the speaker use any profanity?

Did the speaker use any veiled profanity or foreign language profanity?

Did the speaker use any gestures that are considered profane?

Did the speaker use any micro expressions that are considered profane?

Did the speaker use any micro gestures that are considered obscene?

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This article was co-authored by Patrick Muñoz. Patrick is an internationally recognized Voice & Speech Coach, focusing on public speaking, vocal power, accent and dialects, accent reduction, voiceover, acting and speech therapy. He has worked with clients such as Penelope Cruz, Eva Longoria, and Roselyn Sanchez. He was voted LA’s Favorite Voice and Dialect Coach by BACKSTAGE, is the voice and speech coach for Disney and Turner Classic Movies, and is a member of Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

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Evaluating someone else’s speech and offering feedback is a great way to improve your own public speaking skills, but what should you be focusing on? This wikiHow will teach you how to listen actively to a speech, break it down, and analyze the most important elements, like tone, content, and organization. You’ll also find tips on how to offer your feedback in a constructive, encouraging way.

How to critique a speech

How to critique a speech

Patrick Muñoz
Voice & Speech Coach Expert Interview. 12 November 2019. The first thing you want to pick up on in any speech is the main idea that’s trying to be communicated. If you’re listening to a persuasive speech, especially, learning the thesis or the main idea that the speaker is trying to prove with the speech is the best place to start. It’s the speaker’s job to make the main idea obvious, so you should be able to recognize the main point relatively quickly. [3] X Research source

  • If you can’t find the main idea of the speech, try to guess what you think the speaker is trying to prove. Write it down. When you’re evaluating the speech later, this will be helpful feedback.
  • For some speeches, like a toast, a tribute, or a thank you, the main idea might be obvious, but play dumb. Is the speaker getting across the idea clearly? Or is the occasion doing too much of the work? Could the speaker do more to make the point of the speech obvious?

How to critique a speech

When someone asks you for feedback on their speech, sometimes it’s hard to know what to say. How to critique a speech and give constructive feedback?

Here’s the latest from my one-minute public speaking tips including the two most helpful questions you can answer when someone asks you for feedback on a presentation. You can read the video transcription below.

I’m talking to you from my home office in Italy. Notice the arch! Today’s 45-second lesson is about how to give feedback. Somebody pulls you aside and says: “Hey, would you give me some feedback on my speech?” Sometimes it’s really hard to know what to say. These are the two questions you should answer, for starters.

Number 1: Where is the speech confusing? Where was the content really out of focus? Or the story didn’t make sense? Or you didn’t really get it?

Number 2: Where did you really get it? What were the strongest images? Now that the speech is over, what do you remember?

Just answer those 2 questions. You don’t have to dump all your ideas on the speaker. Or tell them how to fix the speech.

Start here. This 2-question method helps the speaker’s voice and power come through. Try them out. And let me know how they work for you.

Do you have a performance or presentation looming? Learn exactly what you need to do during rehearsal and how to captivate your audience with my free workbook 5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation .