Original Oratory, or OO, is an event where participants showcase their writing and speaking talents by delivering a speech they had previously written...from memory. Speeches in this category tend to be inspirational, motivational, or sentimental. This event is very delivery intensive, and is meant for people who think they can can "work a crowd." Competition tends to be heavy in this event, as there is often not a particularly large number of participants. But this should not discourage new members from trying it out: many people were born to make inroads with an audience.
Try to find something that you are interested in and something that will interest your audience. It is suggested that you pick a topic that you belive in so that you can be sincere. You must take a stand on whatever topic you do select. There are certain topics that you should stay away from, such as: abortion, capital punishment, mercy killing, or any topic that you are personally involved in. Outlines are helpful!
Steps to beginning an Original Oratory:
A. set-up thesis
B. Methods to use: 1. Quotation 2. Story 3. Analogy 4. Startling or unusual
C. is is catchy?
D. attention getting?
E. Leads to your thesis
II. Problems ( What evidence is there that you really have something to pesuade us?)
A. What is being harmed?
B. Who is being harmed?
2. special groups
3. society as a whole?
C. Is there a significant number of people being harmed?
III. Why does this problem exist? Such as...
A. Your own
C. Will they work?
A. Ties back to the purpose/thesis
B. Concludes your speech
Illustrating For Emphasis
The "don't tell me, Show me" approach)
Show your audience or the judge what you are getting at. The following techniques may be of help to you:
Statement Followed by Descriptive Quotation
Some Notes on Delivery
1. Once the oratory is in a form to be memorized for presentation, memorize it word for word.
2. When you speak, be sincere and natural. Believe what you say. Care about the words and ideas. Don't talk at the audience. Speak with/to each person in as personal a way as possible. Be conversational.
3. Don't rush. Use pauses. Allow time for key points/ideas to sink in. ( A pause and shift of eye focus at the end of major sections of the speech can assist in making crisp transistions.)
4. Don't allow false pauses to creep into your speech.
5. Don't pace aimlessly or over walk as you walk. All movement should grow out of the speech. Movement should serve a purpose. It's a good idea to plan places you might move to during the presentation or oration. It is generally better to be as sponataneous as posible while you speak. Let the situation in each round direct when and where you walk.
6. Be facially animated!
7. Don't force your gestures. Work on variety. Use your hands and arms to help you express your ideas and emphasize your points without allowing the gesturing to become obtrusive.
8. Look at each member of the audience. Don't let you eyes be moving cameras.
9. Be professional from the time you walk into the room until the moment you leave.
10. Don't overplay the emotion or humor of the speech. Don't push. Sincerity is important in connecting with your audience.
11. At the end, hold your moment. Don't rush back to your seat or out the door as you say the last word.
Possible Oratory Topics