Comparison of Extemporaneous Speaking and Manuscript Style Speaking

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To define the difference in a broad manner, extemporaneous style utilizes both written notes and memorization along with some “on-your-feet” statements to complete a speech. Manuscript style is simply reading word-for-word a written speech out loud to the audience. To analyze these specific styles a little more will give some insight to how each is utilized when giving speeches.
As stated above manuscript style is similar to reading a book to an audience. The speaker using this style would carefully put together a well written speech. He would write the speech, in its entirety, print and deliver the speech by reading what he had written back to the audience. Depending on the skill of the speaker and their memory abilities the speaker may either read to the audience while looking at his manuscript majority of the time or, if his memory and eye-contact skills are excellent, he will be able to deliver this speech entirely from memory. There, of course, are always those speakers in between who will be able to give portions of the speech from memory and other parts by reading from the paper. This often leads to the biggest weakness of this style. Often times when speakers use this style of speech they may tend to sound too robotic, auditioned, and uninvolved with the topic being discussed. This will lead an audience to either not listen or lower the credibility of the speaker.…

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