College of Communication
China Studies

COM 101

Necessities for Public Speaking Speeches

  • Introduction-Make sure to grab the attention of the audience with a hook or an attention grabber; this could be a quote, statistic, question, or a story
  • Visual Aid-Whether it's a PowerPoint, a picture, or a video make sure it relates to your speech and does not distract the audience from you.
  • Audience Adaptation- Make sure the audience knows why your topic affects them
  • Preview- It is important to preview your speech so your audience knows what the main points of your speech will be.
  • Transitions and sign posting-Make sure your audience knows where you are throughout your speech. *For a list of transitions, check out the resources section of the Speakers Lab website.
  • Eye contact and movement- It is important to keep eye contact with your audience. It is also important to move around but not pace. When one stands in one place, the audience does not get drawn into the speech as well. Also, it is very important to use gestures to use the body to draw the audience into your speech.
  • Review- This should be similar to your preview except this comes after you have hit your main points.
  • Conclusion- Make sure your conclusion is remembered by the audience. If you told a story or cited a quote, relate the conclusion to this.

COB 300

Necessities for Mock Interviews

  • Dress Professional- A mock interview should be treated like a real interview.
  • Good Handshake
  • Prepared Questions- Make sure to bring creative questions to the interview and be prepared to answer these questions along with asking them.
  • Ask Questions- Even when being interviewed, ask questions of your potential employer about the company.
  • Exchange Business Cards- Bring either a professional business card or paper with contact information.
  • Resume- Bring your resume as a point of reference during the interview.

COB 401

Necessities for Internship Presentations

  • PowerPoint- Have a presentation ready before coming to the lab
  • Know your Audience- Address class and professor on whom your audience is before starting your problem, solution analysis.
  • Background Information- Give your class a quick insight into what you did during your internship.
  • Problem and Solution- Make sure you have a clear problem and a clear solution for the problem.

*Remember, practice is very important in building confidence in delivering speeches, so make sure to practice enough to feel comfortable giving the speech.