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Speech Analysis Paper


First, you must watch a speech.  You must take notes documenting your observations of the speaker.  You are to evaluate the speaker along the following criteria.  1.)  What are the speakers goals?  Are they evident in what He/She says?  2.)  In your opinion (based on the text and what we are learning in Communication 1), how effective do YOU think the speaker was in achieving those goals?  3.)  Did the speaker keep the audience in mind as He/She delivered the speech?  Did they maintain eye contact? In short, was this a good speech or a poor one?  Be specific and make sure both your notes and your paper provide concrete examples such as quotes.

Second, you must write a five page (typed), double spaced paper where you go through the speech you have watched in detail format.  The key word here is Analysis!  Analyze the speech be explaining what the speaker did.  Paper should be done in college format with title.  You must supply your notes to your finished paper which you can email to me.  Listed below you will find links to recorded speeches that I have vetted.  These speeches below have been selected because they have numerous shots of the audience so that you can discuss the respective speaker’s effect on the audience.

Here are the speeches you can choose from:

You will write a five page paper analyzing one of the following speeches.

1.)  President Barack Obama speaking at the 2016 White Correspondents Dinner.  As background,

The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States. The WHCA was founded on February 25, 1914 by journalists in response to an unfounded rumor that a United States congressional committee would select which journalists could attend press conferences of President Woodrow Wilson.[4]

President Obama Speaks at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner

2.)  In 2017, President Donald Trump decided to break tradition and become the first President of the United States to not attend the event.  The keynote speaker in 2017 was comedian Hasan Minaj, here is a link the speech he gave:

Hasan Minhaj full White House Correspondents Dinner speech

3.) in 1964, actor Ronald Reagan, was asked by Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater to give a speech on all three national broadcast networks in support of the “Goldwater for President” campaign.  The speech was unsuccessful in the sense that Goldwater lost the 1964 election to President Lyndon B. Johnson.  However, the speech was a huge success in the sense that it launched the political career or Reagan.  Soon after this speech, a group of businessmen in Southern California met with Reagan and persuaded the actor to run for Governor of California in 1966.  Reagan easily defeated two term incumbent Governor Pat Brown and served eight years as California’s Governor.  Later, in 1980, Reagan defeated incumbent President Jimmy Carter to become the nation’s 40th President of the United States.  Here is the link to the speech that launched Reagan’s political career and the modern conservative movement in the United States.

“A Time for Choosing” by Ronald Reagan

Dr. Leo Buscaglia once said, ” When human love was invented, it didnt come with an instruction manual But, in Speaking of Love, Dr. Buscaglia takes a step towards writing one himself. Through warm, revealing stories, the best-selling author explores the idea of love in its many meanings. His passionate speaking style is so compelling, it arouses people to try and nurture more love in their lives.”

Leo Buscaglia

Christian Picciolini “My descent into America’s Neo-Nazi movement.”

Why you should listen
After leaving the white-supremacist skinhead movement he helped build in America during the 1980s and 90s, Christian Picciolini earned a degree in international relations from DePaul University. He launched Goldmill Group, a global media and counter-extremism consulting firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy for his role in producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from violent extremist groups. His life since leaving the white-supremacist movement over two decades ago has been dedicated to helping others counter racism and extremism by founding the Free Radicals Project.

Picciolini has spoken all over the world, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. His involvement in the early American skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movementand How I Got Out, and his more recent book Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism examines extremist disengagement. He has also co-developed a television docu-series, Breaking Hate, based on his work helping people disengage from violent ideologies.

My descent into America’s neo-Nazi movement & how I got out | Christian Picciolini | TEDxMileHigh

Paper will be due November 25, 2020

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