Speech Discussion Question

Module 8 – Discussion Board Questions

Reflect on a deliberative, celebrative, ceremonial, or other special occasion presentation that you have either presented or observed. Identify the speaker of the special occasion presentation. What was the purpose and topic for this special occasion speech? In what ways did this special occasion presentation differ from the guidelines used for informative and persuasive presentations? In what ways was this presentation similar to the guidelines used for informative and persuasive presentations? What techniques can you borrow from observing this particular special occasion speech and use in your future speaking opportunities?

If you have access to watch/listen/play videos on your computer, and are not able to come up with any specific speech example and/or would simply like to see some example presentations, you may opt to view one of the following presentations:

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  1. Steve Jobs – “How to live before you die” (approx. 15-20 minutes) –  http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html
  2. Natalie Portman – “Best Actress” (approx. 3-5 minutes) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYvUm1YJBSs&feature=related
  3. President Barak Obama – “Obama Speech and Roast at Al Smith Dinner Oct. 18, 2012” (approx. 8-10 minutes) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TcgqCBEgOI
  4. Carrie Fisher – “Roasts George Lucas” (approx. 4-5 minutes) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ97s396kb0

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