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The purpose of this speech is to be instructional; you are to teach the audience "how to" do something. You may choose any topic you like. For example, you may explain how to properly clean a kitchen sink; how to bake chocolate chip cookies; how to apply for a driver's license, etc. If you are confused about topic selection, please post your questions in the discussion area. The overall purpose of this assignment is to prepare and deliver an organized, well structured speech, complete with an introduction, body and conclusion.
1. Your speech needs to be 3-4 minutes long. It is your responsibility to practice your speech so that you know how long it will be. Time signals will not be given during each speech. If you do not deliver your speech within the specified time frame, your grade will suffer.
2. Typed outline of your speech. Outlines will be collected before the speeches begin. Please bring 2 copies if you want to use one during your speech. Nothing that is hand-written will be accepted. If you do not turn in an outline on your scheduled day to speak, you will receive a zero for the outline part of your speech grade.
3. Professional attire. Remember that you need to look professional. Besides looking confident and know what you’re talking about, you should also dress professionally. That means no jeans, t-shirts, baseball caps, tank tops, etc.
**************Sample 'How to' outline
TOPIC: HOW TO FIGHT A TRAFFIC TICKET
INTRODUCTION: Benjamin Franklin supposedly said that there are only 2 things in life that are certain: death and taxes. Of course, Mr. Franklin was alive before automated carriages known as automobiles. In the automotive age, I think we can add one more certainty to Franklin’s thesis: traffic tickets. We almost all have gotten them, and usually, we just get mad! In this speech, I will teach you how to fight a traffic ticket. I provide three major points in an attempt to inform you how to fight those annoying tickets.
I. Within the fits of rage, be sure to examine your ticket, making note of the following:
A. First, check the factual information written on the ticket
1. Ask yourself: is the date correct?
2. Did the officer sign the ticket?
3. Is the location correct?
B. Is the legal information correct and clearly indicated?
1. Is the penal code/DMV code correct?
2. Does the violation listed match the situation?
C. Be sure to note the court date!
TRANSITION: Careful examination while boring may be your ticket to freedom. If nothing else, you need to know the letter of the law before arguing your case in court. This leads to the next major point: setting the court date.
II. While there is a date printed on the ticket, you should take an active role in setting your court date.
A. Request a court trial for your ticket.
1. Contact the courthouse in the city of your ticket to obtain information regarding establishing your court date.
B. You may, and should, ask for extensions once your date is set.
1. If you cannot make the date assigned, do not think that you cannot fight the ticket.
2. If the officer does not show up, your case will be dismissed.
TRANSITION: The hope to this point is that you will be able to argue a legal technicality, or that the officer does not make the court date. It may though turn out that you actually have to argue a case. In my next and final major point, I will give you some advice on putting together a case.
III. In court, there are a few ways to improve your chances of success.
A. Separate your emotional response from your argument.
1. Try to focus on a specific legal reason as to why you are not guilty. Remember, the judge does not care that you are a good person!
B. Prepare and practice your case.
C. Carefully manage your courtroom behavior.
1. Present arguments quickly: offer as little explanation or elaboration as needed.
2. NEVER INTERRUPT the judge, even if he/she deserves it!
3. Look the part: dress appropriately, act and look professional.
CONCLUSION: Of course, none of this guarantees success. In fact, you may very well lose, become angry, and frustrated. However, it is important to know your rights and know how to make your case heard. In this speech, I have attempted to scratch the surface of how to fight a traffic ticket. Of course, in a few minutes, I could not go into much detail. With just this information though, I think you now have a better idea of what to do when fuming over a ticket.
The purpose of this speech is to be instructional; you are to teach the audience "how to" do something. You may choose any topic you like. For example, you may explain how to properly clean a kitchen sink; how to bake chocolate chip cookies; how to apply for a driver's license, etc. If you are confused about topic selection, please post your questions in the discussion area.