16 Read: Informative Speech Case Study 1 – Tamara Informs about “Me Too”

Case Study – Tamara’s Informative Speech on “Me Too”

Tamara’s Speech Delivery

(https://youtu.be/Jw9qNWLRGEQ)

Tamara’s Outline Worksheet

Tamara Johnson

March 15th, 2018

INFORMATIVE SPEECH OUTLINE WORKSHEET

Hand this in as directed in the schedule.  Remember you will create a rough draft that is posted in your group area AND in the rough draft dropbox. I will go over this draft with you during our SKYPE check-in. Your peers will critique it in your small group. THEN – after revisions, you will hand in a typed full-sentence (complete with your quoted sources in the text) version of this worksheet along with your bibliography and your audience analysis & goals section on the day of your speech presentation as well as within the drop box. Please bring a print copy to your campus session on the day of your speeches.

SPEECH TITLE: Empowerment Through Empathy

Topic: The “Me Too” Movement

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about what the Me Too Movement is about and its goals.

ADD AUDIENCE ANALYSIS REPORT:

  1. What did you learn about our class from our postings in response to your questions?

I learned that almost the whole class knows about the Me Too Movement and can name a few things that it is about. Every person who was confident in knowing what it was said it was an extremely important movement which makes me really happy to see. The majority of our class is socially aware about the movement surrounding sexual violence and harassment.

List the questions from your survey.

1) Have you heard of the Me Too movement? Yes or No

2) On a scale of 1 to 5, how important do you think this movement is?

1 being not very important, 5 being extremely important

3) If you were to explain this movement and its goals (to your best ability) what words and phrases would you use?

Report the data. What was the “average” or “mean” response to the “fixed response” and the “ranked question?” You can find this out by simple division. If you need help, let me know. Summarize how the class responded to your open question.

The average response to my fixed response question was “yes”. 83% of the 12 people who responded to my survey answered “yes” to knowing/hearing about the Me Too Movement. For my ranked question, the average answer was “5” meaning that 83% of our class thinks that this movement is extremely important while the other % of survey takers did not know because they had never heard of it or didn’t really know what it was. For my open question, a lot of my classmates know the main point of the movement and its goals. They answered using words like “solidarity” “awareness” and “empathy”. A few classmates also pointed out that this movement may have been started by women but does not exclude men and empowering all genders to step forward and speak up against sexual violence and harassment.

2. What did you infer about your audience from this data? In other words, what did you guess about us based upon your data? What did you infer about us from the responses to other surveys and the past postings from our discussion boards?

 I infer that my audience knows and most have heard about the Me Too Movement and what topic it is addressing. I also see that my audience thinks that this topic is very important and necessary. From other responses and past postings from our discussion boards, I have inferred that our class come from many different walks of life and have a lot of life experiences to share that may be different than my own. I think this helps my audience to be very open to listening and learning about things that maybe they may not have experienced before.

3. How did you use the actual responses and you own inferences to adapt to your audience? Address this thoughtfully in a paragraph. Be specific in your response (for example – I noticed that 5 women are getting married or have just gotten married, I inferred that a speech on how to plan your financial future could be targeted to younger couples so I wrote my speech on ….and included…etc.)

 From my survey questions, I found out that most of the class knows what this movement is and what the general goals of it are. While most of the class already has information on this, I wrote my speech really to emphasize how important the Me Too Movement is and also included statistics and wanted to ground the facts with personal experiences and quotes from real people who support the movement and also from people who experience sexual violence and harassment. I also wrote my speech to include the fact that this movement isn’t just to support women but men as well, and when it comes to ending violence and harassment it doesn’t matter your gender.

ADD SELF-ANALYSIS PRE-SPEECH GOALS:

Answer in about 1 page. You do not need to share this with your classmates in your rough draft posts, but you and Lori will discuss these goals in your online SKYPE/Phone check-in. Please prepare this carefully, using key vocabulary terms from your reading to demonstrate your theoretical development. To do so, use your online textbook or required videos to support your answers. Add these replies with your rough draft submission to the dropbox. Also, add to the final draft submissions.

What is one practice tip you will use from the online readings or videos? What is the tip, where did you find it (cite it –> state who said it and where it was from). Explain why you will do this, what you hope to accomplish from using this tip.

One practice tip I will use for this speech is not memorizing my outline. This tip is from the video from week one “15 Tips for Effective Public Speaking”  with Essy, Naomi and Plato the Dog. I will use this tip because for speech 2, I pretty much had my whole outline down since I had practiced so much but it didn’t really give me a chance to breathe and sit in the moment while giving my speech. I’d like things to flow more naturally while I give speech 3 and not seem so rehearsed.

What emotional, physical and/or mental responses did you experience when presenting last speech? How did you feel after it? What would you like to change how you feel when you give a speech, if you could, for this speech?

While giving my last speech on my grandpa, I emotionally felt proud and really happy I could share about this wonderful person I had in my life. Physically I felt a little nervous and started to rush through some things because I tend to talk fast while in front of people with little pauses. Mentally I felt okay and had to remind myself that although I was giving a speech, it should be natural. After my speech I felt really good about the content and most of my delivery. Hearing comments from my classmates that were really nice helped me feel a lot better about speaking in front of a crowd about a subject that is emotional for me. I would like to change my nerves for my next speech and just the way I deliver my speech in a natural way. I would like to be able to pause and be in the moment while giving my speech. My topic for speech 3 is something that I am really passionate about and have a lot to say about it, so I want to make sure that this comes off in a sincere and informative way instead of me rambling on about something I truly believe in.

What goals do you have for your Speech 3 content [content =what you say, whereas delivery = how you say it]. What does the online book and/or required videos say this? Here please quote the book/video and add a citation from the book/video to support your answer.

My goal for the content portion of my speech is to relate why this information matters to my audience and what they will get out of it. In ch. 15 of the textbook, it says to make sure to relate your speech to the audience, “It is crucial that you tie your topic directly to your listeners. Early in the speech, give listeners at least one reason why they should care about your topic and the ways in which the information will be beneficial or entertaining,” (4). With informative speeches, the audience won’t really care or listen if you can’t relate the topic to them. For the Me Too Movement, I want to include real stories and experiences from people instead of just statistics on sexual violence and assault.

What goals you have for your Speech 3 delivery [delivery = how you present your speech, whereas content = what you say]. What does the online book and/or required videos say this? Here please quote the book/video and add a citation from the book/video to support your answer.

My goals for my speech 3 delivery is to be aware of the rate of my speaking and the pauses in my speech so I can let the audience sit in the moment and the information I am giving. The rate of speaking is something I’d like to work on every time I give a speech because I tend to talk fast and speed up throughout the speech to get it over with. The textbook in ch. 12 talks about how to effectively convey what you are saying by the rate of speech, “An ideal speaking rate will allow you to comfortably increase your pace to create a sense of excitement, or slow down to emphasize the seriousness of a topic,” (6). My topic is more on the serious side and I think there are certain things that definitely need to be emphasized while I speak. I’d also like to incorporate pauses into my delivery so my audience can chew on the information I give them before moving on to another point.

Full Sentence Outline

Introduction 

Attention Material: Two words; “Me Too”. Now without context these words could be a reply to anything, like if you were having a conversation with your friend about how much they love mac and cheese and you were to reply “me too!” In the case of what I’ll be talking about today, these two words are in the context of resonating with the survivors of sexual assault and what they mean to a lot of women and men in our society today.

Gain Goodwill of the Audience:  While we all may have different connections or lack of connections to victims of sexual assault and harassment, based off my audience analysis of this topic, we all can agree that this issue is important and even sometimes difficult to talk about.

Credibility Material: After scrolling through my Facebook and Twitter feed seeing all the “Me Too’s” in the context of this topic from people I know and love, it fueled my fire to speak up and support every single person who has been a victim of this. I’ve always been an advocate for those who feel like they can’t speak up, to use their voices, and this is what this movement is all about.

Thesis & Topic Preview:  The Me Too Movement is about coming together to stand up against sexual violence and harassment all around the world. Today, we are first going to explore what sexual violence is and the history of reporting it, second we will look at the pioneers behind this movement and lastly, where it’s going and what goals this movement is trying to achieve.

Transition to the body: Now let’s first take a look at what sexual violence and harassment is today.

Body

I. Main Point #1 According to the CDC, sexual violence is defined as “a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent.” This includes unwanted sexual contact and also non-contact experiences such as sexual harassment. (Basile, Smith, Breiding, Black, & Mahendra, 2014).

A.  The CDC’s most recent look at sexual violence was a study done in 2014 based off data collected from men and women in the U.S. between 2010-2012. The authors of this study from the Division of Violence Prevention report that 43.9% of women have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetimes and 23.4 % of men have experienced this in their lifetimes as well. (Basile, Smith, Breiding, Black, & Mahendra, 2014

B.  Looking back in history, Dr. Robinson in his 2003 report on “Violence against women in North America” states that a study in done in 1998 showed that “only 1–11% of victims report sexual harassment (U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, 1988; Livingston, 1982)” (2003).

C.  A prime example of this would be the most publicized case of film producer Harvey Weinstein and the 84 women who have accused him of assault and harassment (Dockterman, Sweetland Edwards, & Zacharek, 2017). Many of these women who have come forward are doing so many years after their experiences due to the fear of consequences if they said anything.

D. There are some theories that the lack of reporting on sexual harassment and violence is due to the consequences the victim might face while doing so, because in most cases the perpetrator is a person in power. Many stories of victims who have spoken up and their fear in doing so can be read in Time magazine’s article on the movement which I will be speaking about next. The Me Too Movement is giving a voice to victims by letting them all know they are not alone and it is okay to speak up.

Summary:  Now that we’ve looked at what sexual violence is and the dynamics around reporting it,…

Preview: let’s move on to who started this movement and the history behind it. 

II. Main Point #2 The Me Too Movement started back in 2006 by founder Tarana Burke, an activist who has worked with survivors of sexual assault but it just recently has gone viral due to actor Alyssa Milano encouraging people to write #MeToo after tweeting it out.

A.  Time magazine had named their person of the year in 2017 “The Silence Breakers” women and men who have come forward and have spoken out about their experiences with sexual assault and harassment. In their article, Time quotes Alyssa Milano’s tweet “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet,”… She woke up the next day to find that more than 30,000 people had used #MeToo.” (Dockterman, Sweetland Edwards, & Zacharek, 2017)

B. Although not every victim may have publicly stated on social media that they too have been a victim, according to the official website on the movement, over 17 million women have reported a sexual assault since 1998 (“Me Too,” 2017). In the past 20 years, that is a huge number of women and doesn’t account for the men who have experienced this as well.

C.  Another “Silence Breaker” mentioned in Time’s article was actor Terry Crews who has spoken out about being assaulted by his agent. When people questioned why as a strong man he didn’t do anything about it, he is quoted asking a very important question when it comes to sexual assault, “Why are you questioning the victim here? Let’s flip it. Let’s talk about what the predator is doing.” (Dockterman, Sweetland Edwards, & Zacharek, 2017). Although the majority of this movement is led by women, it is also giving a platform for men who have experienced this to speak up as well.

D.  When this movement took off on social media, it was disheartening to see and hear of all the stories from people I know personally about their experiences with assault and harassment. From grandmothers to aunts to friends I had during college, it really opened my eyes to just how many people are affected by this issue.

E.  The Me Too Movement first started off as support for sexual assault survivors by letting them know that they are not alone. Since this movement has taken off on social media, it is so powerful to think about the strength of not just the celebrities that have helped move this forward, but the ordinary people just like you and me who want to make a change as well.

(Summary:  Speaking of change,)

(Preview: let’s lastly discuss the goals of this movement.)

III.  The goal of “Me Too” is to bring awareness to the issue of sexual violence and let victims know they are not alone. By bringing awareness to everyone, going forward people can put a stop to the abuse.

A.  When Tarana Burke started this movement back in 2006, she believed in using the idea of “empowerment through empathy” (“Me Too,” 2017) resonating with survivors that they were not alone.

B.  The goal of this movement is not only to allow survivors to step forward but also making every person aware that this conversation needs to be had. Although it may be a hard conversation to have, the idea of “Me Too” can help individuals reflect on the way they approach others. From the Me Too website, metoomvmt.org, the founders state that By bringing vital conversations about sexual violence into the mainstream, we’re helping to de-stigmatize survivors by highlighting the breadth and impact sexual violence has on thousands of women, and we’re helping those who need it to find entry points to healing” (“Me Too,” 2017)

C.  The movement has helped survivors use their voices and for abusers in power to face the consequences of their actions. It has also helped produce the “Time’s Up” movement which focuses on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and workplace. With survivors coming forward and using their voices, this movement is only gaining momentum.

 

Transition to the end…  The Me Too Movement continues to push forward and put an end to sexual assault and harassment

Conclusion

Signal an End: To conclude,

Summary: The Me Too Movement is a current movement that strives to put an end to sexual assault and violence. Today we looked at what sexual violence is, the pioneers and brave survivors behind the movement and also what the goals of this movement are.

Goodwill Audience Tie:  Whether you have been personally affected by this or not, think about the enormous amount of people that have taken a stand against what is wrong. By reflecting on what you have learned here today, now you have some more information to decide what you will do the next when you see a #MeToo. I’d also like to give the following resources Metro State offers if you or anybody you know has been sexually assaulted or harassed.

Concluding Clincher:  We can all hope to live in a world someday where no one has to say “Me Too” in this context but for the time being you now have a little more information about this movement and what you could do to support it.

 

Works Cited Page

Basile, K., Breiding, M., Chen, J., Merrick, M., Smith, S., & Walters, M. (2014, September 5).  Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner  Violence Victimization — National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from                                     https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6308a1.htm

Basile, K., Black, M., Breiding, M., Mahendra, R., Smith, S. (2014). Sexual Violence: Definitions. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved fromhttps://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/definitions.html

Dockterman, E., Sweetland Edwards, H., & Zacharek, S. (2017, December 6). The SilenceBreakers. Time. Retrieved from http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/

Me too. (n.d). Retrieved from https://metoomvmt.org/

Robinson, G. E. (2003). Violence against women in North America. Archives Of Women’s  Mental Health, 6(3), 185-191. doi:10.1007/s00737-003-0168-4

 

Tamara’s Informative Speech Self Critique

  1. Describe your emotional, physical and mental responses you experienced when presenting your speech. How did you feel after it? Have things changed this semester?

While giving this speech, I’d say I was a little more confident emotionally because it was informative and I wasn’t trying to persuade my audience of something, just let them know about my topic. I physically was nervous presenting and moved around with my hands quite a bit. My mental response while giving the speech was just trying to remember to breath and take some moments to let my speech flow naturally. After I was done with my speech I was relieved but also glad because I think I did a good job. I think my confidence has changed this semester since giving my first video speech because I feel like I have a better handle on how to write outlines and not memorize them. I like to come off conversational in my speaking and I think this is something I am slowly starting to do.

  1. USE YOUR BOOK FOR CREDIT ON THIS QUESTION … hint 🙂
    Watch your speech carefully. Now describe your greatest strength concerning the CONTENT of your speech (content is “what” you said, delivery is “how” you said it careful not to mix these up). Include a specific example from your speech to illustrate your response (yes, quote yourself); explain why this is a strength by applying the reading materials in a quote too (yes, quote and cite the book).

I think my greatest strength in the content area of my speech was my introduction of the points I was making and how I summarized what point I was talking about before.  An example of this is when I end my first point and transition into the second, “Now that we’ve looked at what sexual violence is and the dynamics around reporting it, let’s move on to who started this movement and the history behind it.” In the textbook in ch. 8, the author says that having signposts in your speech is a good way to help organize the speech, “Transitional statements, internal previews, and summaries are all signposts that can help keep your speech moving along.” pg. 7. Having these signposts in my speech made it flow.

3. Now watch your speech carefully and describe your greatest strengths concerning the DELIVERY of your speech (delivery is “how” you said it, content is “what” you said). For this question,   include: a specific example from your speech to illustrate your response (yes, quote yourself and describe the delivery of that quote); explain why this is a strength. Add a citation from the book in your reply (yes, quote and cite the book).

My greatest strength in the delivery area of my speech was my use of eye contact while giving direct quotes and not reading off my powerpoint/note cards in order to say the quote. An example of this is when I quote from the official website of the Me Too Movement and what is quoted on their site from the founders, “From the Me Too website, metoomvmt.org, the founders state that ‘By bringing vital conversations about sexual violence into the mainstream, we’re helping to de-stigmatize survivors by highlighting the breadth and impact sexual violence has on thousands of women, and we’re helping those who need it to find entry points to healing’ (“Me Too,” 2017)”. In the textbook in ch. 11 the author discusses not completely memorizing your speech and minimizing what you do, “don’t make the mistake of scripting everything that you plan to say. The best rule here: Minimize what you memorize –familiarize instead!” pg. 8. I use this advice by not focusing so much on memorizing every single word, but when I want to make a point with a quote, that it is a good thing to memorize the quote to maintain eye contact.

  1. Did you state your sources at least 3 times during your speech? When — be specific – add times from your video if possible. Did you say “who, where and when” — be SPECIFIC 🙂  Add the “times” on the video for full credit.

The first time I state a source is in my first main point around the 1:40 mark:

“The CDC’s most recent look at sexual violence was a study done in 2014 based off data collected from men and women in the U.S. between 2010-2012. The authors of this study from the Division of Violence Prevention report that 43.9% of women have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetimes and 23.4 % of men have experienced this in their lifetimes as well. (Basile, Smith, Breiding, Black, & Mahendra, 2014)”

My second time I stated a source was in the same point when I reference another study done around the 2 minute mark:

“Looking back in history, Dr. Robinson in his 2003 report on “Violence against women in North America” states that a study in done in 1998 showed that “only 1–11% of victims report sexual harassment (U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, 1988; Livingston, 1982)” (2003).”

The third time I quote a source is around the 5:40 mark when I quote something from a website:

“From the Me Too website, metoomvmt.org, the founders state that “By bringing vital conversations about sexual violence into the mainstream, we’re helping to de-stigmatize survivors by highlighting the breadth and impact sexual violence has on thousands of women, and we’re helping those who need it to find entry points to healing” (“Me Too,” 2017)”

  1. What will you want to improve upon concerning your delivery? List three areas you will focus upon for the next speech. For each area to improve, give a specific example from your speech to illustrate your response. Then describe how you will work to improve in this area.

The first thing I’d like to improve on during my delivery is my posture. There are times in the video where I seem a little slouchy when I was moving to change the slides on my powerpoint (since the clicker was not working that day…) To improve on this, I plan to practice walking around while giving my speech and standing up straight while looking in the mirror.

A second area I’d like to improve in my delivery of my speech is my hand gestures and flailing my note cards around. I move my hands A LOT when talking which I think makes my delivery more conversational, but with note cards in my hands it doesn’t look the greatest. The next time I give a speech I might practice by setting my note cards down and only picking them up when I really need them.

A third area for improvement in my delivery is taking more pauses and slowing down in between points. There are parts in my speech where I transition into my next point and just jump right into the next point. I think by practicing pauses and taking a few seconds in between will improve the flow of my speech.

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