Is Rate Speeches used for rating speeches or for rating presentations?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word "speech" as "the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words" and "a usually public discourse : address."  The World English Dictionary defines the word "presentation" as "a verbal report presented with illustrative material, such as slides, graphs, etc."

So, generally, a speech is a talk without slides or other visual aids.  A presentation, on the other hand, is a talk that incorporates slides or other types of visual aids, such as flipcharts, demonstration objects, videos, etc.  Many people think of presentations as talks with slides projected using presentation software, such as PowerPoint(TM) or Keynote(TM).

Rate Speeches supports both speeches and presentations.  Speakers and speeches are rated on four criteria: overall, content, delivery, and visuals.  The first three criteria are used for rating speeches and presentations.  The visuals criterion is used for rating presentations only.  Since not all talks include visuals, the visuals criterion is optional; in other words, it is used for rating presentations but not speeches.

Rate Speeches may be used to rate and review public speaking, oratory, and any type of speech, presentation, business presentation, oral presentation, with or without visuals.  Ratings can also be used to rank speeches and presentations.