Posted by: rcandle2 | April 12, 2010

Reading Notes #15

1) The most important part of speeches is to get to know your audience and to research them. Find out everything you know about your audience so that you can tailor your message specifically for them. You don’t want to offend somone in  your audience by saying something that they completely disagree with. Instead maybe just suggest the idea.

2) And AGAIN, public speaking is different from other forms of writing. You can use personal pronouns, as opposed to writing a history paper or things of that nature. You can really just talk conversationally. Just use small words don’t try to impress your audience with jargon.  When you ask questions you get the audience more involved and they will pay more attention to the message.

3) 93% of all communication occurs not through your words, but through your body language. You should try to make eye contact with your audience because they will feel more personal. Also, you should dress nice, nothing too flashy or formal because then the audience will be focussed more on your outfit than what you are actually saying. Standing up straight and leaning forward, it shows your passion for what you are saying.

Wilcox, Dennis. (2008). Public relations writing and media techniques. Allyn & Bacon.


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