• Speaker engages audience attention and interest (relevance, importance, timeliness, etc.).
  • Speaker clearly identifies thesis, purpose or central question (focus).
  • Speaker clearly previews presentation's structure or content (scope and sequence).  (If thesis or preview is withheld, is this appropriate and effective?)


  • Points are clear and arranged in logical order.
  • Speaker provides appropriate transitions between points.
  • Speaker adequately clarifies terms and concepts.
  • Speaker adequately explains points and supports arguments.
  • Speaker restates or summarizes points as needed.
  • Speaker cites sources appropriately (orally or on visuals).

Audiovisual Media

  • Media make sense and enhance the presentation.
  • Speaker effectively integrates media with what is being said.
  • Speaker provides appropriate transitions between media clips or PowerPoint slides.
  • Slides are effectively designed (clear, uncluttered, adequate size, good contrast, consistent).
  • Slides are correct in terms of spelling, grammar, citations, etc.


  • Speaker summarizes as needed.
  • Speaker reinforces or re-establishes the thesis, purpose or central question.
  • Speaker closes appropriately.

Overall Delivery

  • Speaker uses clear, appropriate language.
  • Speaker uses appropriate rate and volume.
  • Speaker uses few "uhs" and "ums."
  • Speaker uses voice expressively.
  • Speaker makes sufficient eye contact.
  • Speaker uses nonverbal behavior that supports the message.

Contact Information

Oral Communication Center

Kirner-Johnson 222
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4401 oralcomm@hamilton.edu
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