When weighing the merits of a speech, you should consider several factors. An effective speech should be inspiring, responsive to its audience and flow with ease. There should be no ambiguity to the intended message. When reviewing a speech, give equal weight to content and delivery. A memorable speech should be alive on paper and when spoken. A review should be easy because in your gut you will know a winning speech.

Be resolved to be fair in your assessment. This might sound obvious, but a truly exceptional speech is rare.

Consider the beginning of the speech. Is it inclusive? Does it you make you take pause?

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Examine the content of the speech for believability. A good speech should take you on a journey. The speech should be well-organized and contain metaphors that can paint a picture for the listeners.

Check for famous quotes or references. Was the speech well-researched and well-executed?

Review the conclusion to see if it tied up themes. Did it end on a high note? Was there a call to action?

Think about the speech after you have read it or heard it delivered. A good speech should resonate with you and leave you feeling uplifted.

Tips

  • Give constructive criticism in your review.

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About the Author

After receiving her journalism degree from Long Island University, Andrea Della Monica worked for daily and weekly newspapers in the New York metropolitan area. As a winner of George Polk award, Della Monica has been interested in advancing press freedoms. In recent years, she has successfully pursued public relations work for major community activist organizations and special interest publications.