- 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).
- 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.
- 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.