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The purpose of this speech is to help our class get to know you better.
Creative writing is key to crafting this first speech, and no formal research is
required. This Self Introduction Speech is away for you to introduce yourself
to others in a creative way and developed around a specific focus. You are
allowed to use personal pronouns (I, me, you, our, etc.) for speeches.
Below is a list of options to help build your self-introductory speech; choose
ONE of the options to focus on for your topic
Select an object that is meaningful or useful to you. Explain three reasons
the object is important to you. In the video called, “There’s an App for
That,” the speaker compares his personal life to three apps on his phone.
Choose one object that represents you and explain three ways that object
represents or symbolizes you. In the video of a speech entitled “Pot, Soil
& Water,” the speaker explains 1) how the pot represents her family, 2)
now me son represents Tier Tenas; dru 3) TOW tie water reprsesTer
Choose THREE items that describe who you are. One item should
represent your past, one should represent your present, and one should
represent your past. You can put these items in a paper bag and present
them one by one during your speech.
Select THREE items that represent 1) a person who is important to you;
2) your favorite hobby; and 3) your career goals. You can put these
items in a paper bag and present them one by one during the speech.
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Please note that each of these items involve the use of a specific object or
objects. You need to have these objects with you as you speak. These are
your “Visual aids”. Think about how you are going to represent yourself and
these items. For instance, if you want to focus on your car, you won’t have
your car to use in the speech. Instead of showing a picture or photo of the
car, use your car keys for your item. If an item is too big or cannot be used
for the speech, find something that symbolizes, represents, or stands for
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Create an outline for your speech, following the outline template provided
below. Also see outline examples provided to you in the class content. You
are expected to outline your speech. You will turn in your key word outline
separately when you turn in your speech. See examples of outlines posted in
Moodle. Use key words when you are writing this outline. This will make it
easier for you to learn to say your speech conversationally.
There are three parts to any speech: the introduction, the body and the
Part 1: The Introduction – The introduction of this speech will have two
parts which include:
1. Attention Grabber – The purpose of the introduction is to gain or
grab the attention of your audience. This can be accomplished by
telling a touching or funny story, using a quotation, using an
interesting fact, or anything else that is a creative and unique way to
begin the speech about you. DO NOT begin the speech by saying
“This is my topic” or “My topic is
2. Central idea/ preview statement – Preview the three main body
points of your speech. This is often referred to in English class as your
This sentence can be as simple as, “Today, I will share with you three
items that have impacted my life which include my grandmother, the
game of basketball, and my goal to become a nurse.
Part 2: The Body – The longest, most important part of any speech is the
BODY. The body of a speech consists of two to three main points or ideas.
This speech should have three body points. These three points are the
aspects about yourself or your life that you choose to focus on during your
speech. Choose main points that you will enjoy talking about and that will
interest the audience.
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here to sear Transitions – Your speech should always include transitions. Transition
words are needed to help the speech flow and help listeners follow where
you are in a speech. They indicate when you’ve finished one thought and are
moving to another. Words like, “first,” “second,* “finally,” “next,” are simple
to transition from one main point to another. You also need a transition to
your conclusion such as, “in conclusion,
* “in summary,
” or “in closing.” Make
sure to read Chapter 4 for more details.
Part 3: The Conclusion – The conclusion of a speech has two parts: the
summary and the dincher.
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