A Concise Public Speaking Handbook (4th Edition) by Steven A. Beebe

By Steven A. Beebe

Offers an audience-centered method of public speaking

A Concise Public talking instruction manual integrates the stairs of getting ready and offering a speech with the continuing strategy of contemplating the viewers.  The entire assurance of key public talking subject matters and talents makes this name a fantastic middle textual content for public conversing classes and its cost effective makes it cheap as a complement for any direction or environment that calls for public talking.



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If not, be realistic. Acknowledge their opposing point of view and consider refuting any misperceptions they have. Captive-Voluntary A captive audience has externally imposed reasons for being there (such as a requirement to attend class). Your goal with a captive audience is to make your speech just as interesting and effective as one designed for a voluntary audience. You still have an obligation to address your listeners’ needs and interests and to keep them engaged in what you have to say. If your audience is attending voluntarily, anticipate why they are coming and speak about the issues they want you to address.

Try to Chapter 6 Analyzing Your Audience 53 categorize your audience and their attitudes according to the following three dimensions. Interested-Uninterested With an interested audience, your task is simply to hold and amplify interest throughout the speech. If your audience is uninterested, you need to find ways to “hook” the members. Tell listeners why your message relates to their lives. Visual aids may also help you to gain and maintain the attention of apathetic listeners. Favorable-Unfavorable Even if your general purpose is just to inform, it is useful to know whether your audience is predisposed to respond positively or negatively toward you or your message.

Acknowledge Your Sources An ethical speaker is responsible for doing his or her own research and then sharing the results of that research with audience members. Some information is so widely known that you do not have to acknowledge a source for it. For example, you need not credit a source if you say that a person must be infected with the HIV virus in order to develop AIDS. This information is widely available in a variety of reference sources. However, if you decide to use any of the following in your speech, then you must give credit to the source: 32 Part 1 Introduction ❯ direct quotations, even if they are only brief phrases ❯ opinions, assertions, or ideas of others, even if you paraphrase them rather than quote them verbatim ❯ statistics ❯ any non-original visual materials, including graphs, tables, and pictures Take Careful Notes To be able to acknowledge your sources, you must first practice careful and systematic note-taking.

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