Criteria for Evaluating Speeches

The average speech (grade C) should meet the following criteria;

  • Meet the assigned kind of speech (informative, persuasive, etc..)
  • Be ready for presentation on the assigned day
  • Meet the time requirements
  • Turning in an outline immediately prior or immediately following your speech
  • Clearly defined purpose and central idea
  • Smooth transition and clearly defined introduction, body, and conclusion
  • Competency in delivery
  • Free from slang and serious errors
  • The above average speech (grade B) should meet the above criteria and:

  • Deal with an important issue
  • Display clear organization and numerous amounts of supporting material
  • Offers evidence to substantiate the claims put forth
  • Skillful delivery to engage the audience
  • Show competency in transition
  • The superior speech (grade A) should meet all the preceding criteria and:

  • Reflect a genuine contribution from the speaker to the audience
  • Generate positive interest and feeling in the audience
  • Contain elements of personalized language and clarity
  • Be delivered in a manner that impacts the audience
  • The below average speech (grade D or F) is seriously lacking in the criteria required for a speech grade of C.