University of Wisconsin–Madison

RUBRIC FOR A PERSUASIVE PRESENTATION

Dr. Elise Gold (Engineering)

Below you will find the various criteria used to evaluate your presentation along with categories describing your performance in these areas. The boxes highlighted indicate your overall performance in the broader areas as described. Items specifically needing work may be underlined. Along with a grade, an overall evaluation follows, with a few major suggestions for improvement.

 

 

EXCEPTIONAL: A

STRONG: AB

EFFECTIVE: B

DEVELOPING: BC/C

INADEQUATE: D/F

MAJOR CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION

Presentation was excellent overall, shows outstanding control and skill, exceeds expectations in meeting the assignment’s requirements.

Presentation was very good overall, shows good control and skill, exceeds expectations in meeting most of the assignment’s requirements.

Presentation definitely showed strengths outweighing weaknesses, is meeting a number of the assignment’s requirements.

Presentation, though not developed enough with major weaknesses apparent, has begun to meet some of the assignment’s requirements.

Presentation exhibited consistent weaknesses throughout, isn’t meeting the assignment’s requirements.

AUDIENCE CONSIDERED

Speaker captured and maintained audience=s attention and anticipated and addressed questions, needs, interests, knowledge well.

Speaker achieved most of the aspects listed.

Speaker achieved many of the aspects listed.

Speaker has begun to achieve some of aspects listed.

Speaker did not achieve most of aspects listed.

INTRODUCTION, ORGANIZATION OF PRESENTATION’S BODY, CONCLUSION

In the introduction, speaker used good attention grabber, gave overview clearly indicating organization and content, and spoke strongly, emphatically, and confidently. Speaker effectively ordered major sections of the presentation in a logical, easy-to-follow manner; provided clear transitions from one section to the next, and used repetition as necessary to clarify and make points memorable. Speaker adequately signaled the end of presentation so listeners were not surprised, restated and drove main points home, left listeners with a lasting impression.

Speaker achieved most of the aspects listed.

Speaker achieved many of the aspects listed.

Speaker has begun to achieve some of aspects listed.

Speaker did not achieve most of aspects listed.

DEVELOPMENT OF PRESENTATION

 

 

Speaker effectively explained the controversial topic and its significance; presented appropriate background information, commenting on the problem’s causes/effects; clearly identified his/her position/proposal for change, opposing points and points in favor in a logical manner; supported points with reference to source materials consulted; and limited number of main points.

Speaker achieved most of the aspects listed.

Speaker achieved many of the aspects listed.

Speaker has begun to achieve some of aspects listed.

Speaker did not achieve most of aspects listed.

QUESTION-AND-ANSWER PERIOD

 

 

Speaker remembered to solicit questions without awkward delay, welcoming them with confidence; showed questioners respect, repeated questions and asked for clarification as needed; responded clearly and precisely, elaborated well; maintained composure even with some tough questions, admitted lack of knowledge gracefully and offered to follow up rather than bluffs.

Speaker achieved most of the aspects listed.

Speaker achieved many of the aspects listed.

Speaker has begun to achieve some of aspects listed.

Speaker did not achieve most of aspects listed.

VISUALS

Speaker used relevant visuals containing sufficient information (not too little, not too much) which enhanced rather than detracted from the presentation points (that is, not focused on graphics or PowerPoint “bells and whistles”; smoothly integrated visual/s, revealing points one by one; provided easily readable, attractively and functionally well designed, and professional-looking visuals with effective bulleting, clear font style and size, good use of space, and consistent look; kept visuals free of grammatical errors (i.e., missing end punctuation, faulty parallelisms, inconsistencies in outline format and capitalization, etc.); credited source/s of information and/or graphics correctly; knew how to use equipment well; had back-up plan if visuals fail; looked at audience not at visuals.

Speaker achieved most of the aspects listed.

Speaker achieved many of the aspects listed.

Speaker has begun to achieve some of aspects listed.

Speaker did not achieve most of aspects listed.

OVERALL DELIVERY

Speaker’s delivery added to rather than detracted from talk; he/

she obviously rehearsed rather than hardly practiced; delivered with brief references to notes rather than read a prepared script; kept close to the time limit (not much under or over).

Speaker achieved most of the aspects listed.

Speaker achieved many

of the aspects listed.

Speaker has begun to achieve some of aspects listed.

Speaker did not achieve most of aspects listed.

DELIVERY SPECIFICS—

 

 

 

VOICE

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE

 

 

 

 

 

PHYSICAL PRESENCE

Speaker talked loudly enough and paced presentation well (not too slow or fast), avoiding halting speech, mumbling, trailing off at ends of sentences; conveyed enthusiasm for subject; used varied expression and good enunciation; avoided using fillers (Aum,@ Auh,@ Alike,@ etc.) and making major or frequent stumbles and/or becoming flustered by them.

 

Speaker chose an appropriate level of language, avoided heavy use of jargon, used technical language clearly, chose words well, spoke grammatically correct, and used good pronunciation.

 

Speaker appeared comfortable, had good posture (i.e., avoided leaning on lectern); faced the audience and made eye contact throughout; gestured appropriately and avoided distracting tics (i.e., weight shifting or rocking, scratching, touching face or hair, playing with/ straightening/banging note cards or sheets, putting hands in or pulling them out of pockets, playing with paper clips, jingling keys, etc.)

Speaker achieved most of the aspects listed.

Speaker achieved many

of the aspects listed.

Speaker has begun to achieve some of aspects listed.

Speaker did not achieve most of aspects listed.

 

GRADE: _________

(Points lost for not showing up for presentation, not submitting copy of presentation outline, notes, and handout copy of slides on day of presentation for not being present to serve as a peer=s assigned questioner? __________)

 

OVERALL EVALUATION: