By Dan O'Hair, Hannah Rubenstein, Rob Stewart
This best-selling short creation to public conversing deals useful insurance of each subject usually lined in a full-sized textual content, from invention, study, and association, to perform and supply. Its concise, reasonably cheap structure makes it ideal for the general public talking path, and any atmosphere around the curriculum, at the activity, or in the neighborhood. The fourth version bargains even superior assurance of the basics of speechmaking, whereas additionally addressing the altering realities of public conversing in a electronic global, with a brand new bankruptcy on on-line shows, and new instruments and suggestion for locating and comparing on-line assets.
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Use analogies to help listeners learn new ideas. • Build repetition of key ideas into the speech. • When appropriate, use presentation aids to visually reinforce your message. QUICK TIP Beat the Odds by Listening Each of us devotes about 40 percent of our daily lives to listening. 3 Yet if asked to recall a message immediately following a listening event, the average person can only summon up about half of what was said. 4 Those who actively develop listening skills beat the averages, and these people tend to be successful in school and at work.
Unless you have prior information about the audience’s political values and beliefs, you won’t know where your listeners stand. Gender Gender is another important factor in audience analysis, if only as a reminder to avoid the minefield of gender stereotyping. 10 Making assumptions about the preferences, abilities, and behaviors of your audience members based on their presumed gender can seriously undermine their receptivity to your message. QUICK TIP Be Sensitive to Disability When Analyzing an Audience One out of every five people in the United States has some sort of physical or mental disability;11 14 percent of those enrolled in college and graduate school are counted as disabled.
Be alert to nonverbal cues that suggest that listeners may not comprehend you, and clarify points when indicated. ” • Listen for the speaker’s main ideas and take note of key points. • Watch for the speaker’s nonverbal cues. • Try to detect the speaker’s organizational pattern. ” Make Action Statement (Goal): “I will minimize distractions and practice the active listening steps during Suzanne’s speech. ” Evaluate Evidence and Reasoning As you listen to speeches, use your critical faculties to do the following: • Evaluate the speaker’s evidence.
A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking by Dan O'Hair, Hannah Rubenstein, Rob Stewart