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Month: September, 2013

Speeches and Presentations

Speeches and Presentations by Farren Balint and Grant Szurek


     For our project, our group was given the task to present on the subject of “Speeches and Presentations.” Throughout the project we used the four-step process of RPIE to help create our presentation. By conducting research, we planned our way to present our information. We implemented ways for the target audience to gain knowledge on the subject at hand. Finally, we evaluated our results to the class. Below is a description of each RPIE process we used.


WHO do we want to reach?

  • Our target audience was the thirteen other students in the classroom. All of these classmates are college students at TCU.

WHAT do we want them to do?

  • Our plan is for the thirteen students to take a survey before our presentation. The next week, we will present on the subject. After the presentation, the students will retake the same survey.

WHAT messages do we want to communicate?

  • Our message is to communicate our subject topic to increase knowledge among our fellow classmates.

Primary Research:

  • The surveys that we conducted before and after our presentation.

Secondary Research:

  • The 3 sources we researched on databases about ways to best present an oral presentation.

Qualitative Research:

  • The knowledge gained from the surveys for the students.

Quantitative Research:

  • The percentage of improvement from the first survey to the second.


  • Survey
  • 13 students to research
  • 2 week timespan



  • To improve the knowledge of speeches and presentations for our classmates.


  • To raise the pass rate for the 10 Steps to an Effective Oral Presentation from 31% to 67%.


  • Use our given research to provide the classmates enough information so that we can accomplish our objective.


  • Conduct a pre-survey, provide research, provide the 10 Steps, a powerpoint, and a post-survey


Actual messages sent through what channels?

  • Links to the secondary research
  • Powerpoint presentation
  • All of these reached the target audience

Monitoring tools for execution?

  • The post-survey to see our change in percentage of classmates who correctly listed as many of the 10 steps possible.


Measure of effectiveness?

  • Our goal was to have a 67% rate of students that could list 6 of the 10 steps.
  • Our outcome was 85% of the students that could list 6 of the 10 steps.

Ways to improve for the future?

  • Provide powerpoint slides
  • Provide a list for the handout on the 10 Steps to an Effective Oral Presentation
  • Adjust the powerpoint to be primarily about these 10 steps so the students can have a better memory.
  • Create a higher percentage goal

Overall, our research was the key that drove our success in the evaluation step. This process was crucial when we needed to figure a way for the classmates to raise their percentage. In the end, our goal and objective was successful through our strategies and tactics and our success of using the RPIE method.

Below is the link to the 10 Steps to an Effective Presentation:


RPIE and Speeches and Presentations — Farren

We used RPIE very effectively throughout the creation of our presentation covering the topic of speeches and presentations. We listened to much the advice we gave to our audience in the “Research” and “Planning” stages of RPIE. In our “Research” stage, we managed both our primary and secondary research. For our secondary research, Grant and I combed through the online databases in TCU’s library in search of sources that would benefit both the class and us during the time prior to our speech. We came across a few good articles that really got across the message of preparation, and decided to use those as the base of our presentation. Once we found that research, we decided to determine how much the class already knew about the basic steps to preparing a presentation by giving them a survey. For “Planning,” Grant and I each took two topics and decided those were what we were each going to speak on during our speech; his topics were “top presentation mistakes” and “overcoming fear/tips for a successful presentation” while mine were “how to prepare/11 steps to a presentation” and “types of PR speeches.” We both did our own thing in “Implementing” our topics, and came together at the end to create a slideshow that flowed with our material. Everything we made we then proceeded to present to our professor and the class. Finally, for the “Evaluation” step of RPIE we gave the students the survey once more; we asked them to name six of the steps to making a successful presentation. Our goal was for the students to score an average of 4/10 (or 67%) on the survey once we finished the presentation. The first time we gave them this survey, they scored an average of 31%, but, after assigning readings and giving our presentation, the class averaged 85%– exceeding our expectations and our goal!