English – Assignment: Speech Evaluation and Review

Evaluation & Review

Actionade an Evaluation

To get the audience‘s attention I used the sound of my hand hitting the surface of the desk three times. Counting five seconds between each slap to show how little time seems to pass for the death of a child from hunger. “In our World – a child dies every 5 seconds from HUNGER”. I also made sure to scan the room catching the eyes of my audience to make them feel engaged in my speech and that I was addressing them personally. I wanted to put two key points across to the audience I pointed at one side and said “YOU can HELP them” and then pointing at the other side of the audience I said “ YOU can Make a difference” the pointing re-emphasised the idea that I was talking personally to each and everyone in the audience. To reinforce the message contained within the speech at the end of the speech I once again slapped the top of the desk again, repeating my message of the death of a child, one every five seconds.

I used emotive and loaded language throughout the speech for example HUNGER, CANCER and HELP. Using repetition of these words in particular “HUNGER” to both reinforce the importance and impact of these words and to make sure that they remained in the audiences’ memory long after the speech was over.

Imagery was used to engage the audience and to create empathy for the victims of hunger. “You’ve all seen the pictures – The walking skeletons – skin stretched across bone…” and metaphor for example “…sitting in the dust of despair…” The speech was also loaded with facts “… over Six million children die of HUNGER every year that is 17,000 children every day…” and again “… a child dies every 5 seconds…” and “…15 million people suffer HUNGER…”and each of these points made using an intentional rhythm, for example “…HUNGER makes them weak – they become at risk from disease – they live in poverty – there are no medicines and so they die…”.

As the speech was intended to represent the work of an actual charity and was therefore intentionally loaded with opinion and bias for example “… HUNGER is the single greatest threat to WORLD Health…”, is hunger really the single greatest threat to World Health, for as I point out in my own speech “…HUNGER makes them weak – they become at risk from disease – they live in poverty – there are no medicines and so they die…” (rule of three) from this you could say it is the fact that they have no medicines and this is the reason that they die rather than hunger alone being solely responsible for their deaths. It could also be due to the fact that they live in poverty or any number of other reasons but for the purposes of this speech an appeal for charitable donations HUNGER was presented as the sole reason for the deaths.

Question and Answer session.

The questions following the speech concentrated mainly on the facts contained within the speech and as these are unfortunately, the real facts I managed to answer these to hopefully the audiences’ satisfaction, but could possibly be answered with more conviction.  In fact I could have been better prepared to handle these questions.


Review of “Argument for staying in Iraq”

Russell’s speech, a humorous yet sarcastic view of the conflict in Iraq and the benefits if that is the correct meaning that the conflict actually brought to the people of Iraq.

Russell made use of several literary techniques in his speech including metaphor “The people of Iraq have been left in darkness” and then there is his use of varied sentence lengths another literary technique which helps keep the audience interested. The use of imagery for example “Blood will run and death will commence” and again in “Don’t hide in darkness enter the light, let your voice be heard”.

He used personal bias and opinion to get his message across; making each statement that on the face of it appears positive to in fact be negative for example “The people of Iraq cannot cope. They need our friendly faces, our guns and our tanks” the true meaning behind his words would be “they do not want us, nor our guns or our tanks”. “Without this support the infra-structure of Iraq will surely collapse” of course the infra-structure was in fact bombed out of existence by the allied forces during it’s campaign of “Shock and Awe”. Russell made use of simple and personal language to deliver his speech, appealing to a wide audience.

His speech seemed to be received by the audience in the manner that Russell intended for it to be received. He wanted the audience to see that he was pointing out the negatives that the war on behalf of the Iraqis had brought them, insecurity, a poorer standard of living and the destruction of their infrastructure and services. That the meddling of the allied forces in Iraq and the conflict against Saddam Hussein had actually damaged the lives of most of the people of Iraq and destabilised the whole region.

Russell did not really appear to be addressing only the audience in the room directly but his speech would seemingly work well for a much wider audience, for example on radio or television where it could be well received by for example, anti war activists or even those who were undecided on whether the war in Iraq had been necessary.

Question and Answer session.

Russell seemed surprised by the questions that his speech had initiated and on the whole seemed to be relatively unprepared with answers. But managed to cope and supplied answers that satisfied his audience.

He on the whole delivered his speech well in and in an authoritive manner but did lose the plot a couple of time during the speech most probably due to the irony contained within his own speech. On the whole though a good presentation and generally well received by the audience.