4 minute 30 sec industry speech assignment

  • LENGTH: Presentation should be 4 minutes and 30 seconds in length.
  • OUTLINE: You must complete an outline. A blank outline form is below.
  • POWERPOINT: You are required to submit a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the speech.
  • RESEARCH/SOURCES: You must research your topic using at least four scholarly sources (peer reviewed journal articles or editor reviewed newspaper articles, not simply web-based sources).Your sources must be cited in full on your outline.

Topic Options

  • Select a topic related to your major or industry.The best choice is a topic that you already know something about, or that you are very interested in. Some topics areas to consider when formulating your specific topic are:
    • A current event or issue in your industry/major
    • The use of technology in your industry
    • Legal guidelines or regulations that impact your major/chosen career (ex. PA common Core; restrictions on advertising certain products, pharmaceutical regulations, etc.)
    • Interview a person who is doing the job you would like to do following graduation and present the results of your interview.

Topic Examples

Here are some examples of successful speeches given by previous students.

  • Event Planning: Much more than just weddings
  • Accounting myths busted
  • Everyday chemistry (a 5-minute speech centered on 3 everyday products developed by chemists)
  • Why Latin still matters
  • How to protect your voice (from a vocal major)
  • Why elementary music programs are important
  • History of anesthesia (from someone exploring an eventual medical degree)
  • Benefits of owning a small business (business major)
  • Why food trucks are successful (business major with an interest in pursuing opening his own restaurant)
  • Mercy Ships: Explanation of floating healthcare services for 3rd world countries (from a health major who was interested in international healthcare)
  • Lucid dreaming (psychology major)
  • Impact of music in video games (computer science major)

THE INFORMATIVE SPEECH OUTLINE

Topic:

General Purpose:

Specific Purpose:

_______________________________________________________________________

I. Introduction

A. Attention-Getter:

B.Relate to Audience (Interest):

C.Central Idea/Thesis:

D. Credibility/Goodwill

E.Preview:

Transition to Main Point #1

II. Body

A. Main Point/Claim #1**

1.Internal Preview (use sign posts)

2.Subpoint #1

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Possible transition to second sub-point (sign post)

3. Subpoint #2

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Possible transition to third sub-point (sign post)

4. Subpoint #3

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Transition to Main Point #2:

B. Main Point/Claim #2

1.Internal Preview (use sign posts)

2. Subpoint #1

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Possible transition to second sub-point (sign post)

3. Subpoint #2

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Possible transition to third sub-point (sign post)

4. Subpoint #3

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Transition to Main Point #3:

C. Main Point/Claim #3

1.Internal Preview (use sign posts)

2. Subpoint #1

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Possible transition to second sub-point (sign post)

3. Subpoint #2

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Possible transition to third sub-point (sign post)

4. Subpoint #3

a.Support (with citation)

b.Support (with citation)

c.Support (with citation)

Brake light/Transition to conclusion:

III. Conclusion

A. Summary:

B. Restatement of Central Idea/Thesis:

C. Final Memorable Remark:

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