‘Try Something New’ speech

Extra Credit! Chapter 14 – Persuasive Speech Evaluation

Evalaute a Persuasive Speech (Ted Talk) and earn up to 35 points.

Extra Credit -Chapter 14 Persuasive Speech Critique

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Extra Credit Assignment:  Persuasive Speech Evaluation

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Try something new for 30 days – Matt Cutts

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Chapter 14 Learning Objective:    14:3  Apply the guidelines for persuasive speaking to a speech you will review.

The Ted Talk for this assignment is entitled:  “Try Something New” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNP03fDSj1U by Matt Cutts. This Ted Talk is just 3:27 minutes in length.


Watch the video without anything in front you.  Simply enjoy Matt’s Ted Talk!

Use the attached Speech Evaluation Sheet and watch the video again.  As you watch the speech, you will grade the elements under each Speech Goal.  You will place a check mark in each box on a scale of 1 to 5.  The points explanation for each box is below:

Points Explanation:

1 – (Incoherent) – the element is not present in the speech

2 – (Poor) – the element is unclear

3 – (Fair) – the element is present and somewhat clear but could be improved

4 – (Good) – the element is present, clear, and meets the expectations

5 – (Excellent) – the element is not only present and clear, but also exceeds expectations


You can make comments in the “comments box” to the right of each element.

Give Matt a grade (A, B,C,D, or F) for this speech and explain why you awarded the grade.

Answer the two questions at the bottom of the Evaluation Sheet relating to Matt’s speech.

Note:  You will be awarded up to 35 points based on how thoroughly and insightfully you evaluate the presentation.   The completed Speech Evaluation Rubric is worth 25 points and the questions that follow are worth 5 points each.

Persuasive Speech Evaluation – TED TALK by Matt Cutts

Course: SPCH 1311 Online


Semester: Fall 2018

Topic: Try Something New for 30 Days

Student Name: Qian Chen

Points Explanation:

1 – (Incoherent) – the element is not present in the speech

2 – (Poor) – the element is unclear

3 – (Fair) – the element is present and somewhat clear but could be improved

4 – (Good) – the element is present, clear, and meets the expectations

5 – (Excellent) – the element is not only present and clear, but also exceeds expectations



1 pt

2 pts

3 pts

4 pts

5 pts


Introduction Goals

Grabs audience’s attention








Presents a specific, persuasive purpose








Establishes importance of topic to audience








Preview three main points








Main Points Goals

Clearly introduces the point















Supports the point with clear, interesting information








Uses trustworthy information and cites sources








Generates audience involvement








Includes effective transitions between points








Conclusion Goals

Motivates the audience to respond in a specific way








Ends powerfully and memorably








Delivery Goals

Speaker does not read to the audience Speaker














Speaker makes effective eye contact








Speaker avoids disfluencies (e.g., um, uh, like, y’know)








Speaker stands and moves naturally








Speaker avoids leaning or fidgeting








Speaker is dressed appropriately








Visual Aid Goals

Pictures used are memorable without being distracting









Video clips (if used) are brief and relevant








What grade do you give this speaker? _________

(A = excellent; B = good; C= average; D= poor; F= does not mean minimum standards)


Why (or why not) is this a good example of a persuasive presentation?




Is this speech likely to motivate you to take a 30-day challenge? Why or why not?

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