An effective speaker carefully considers the audience when preparing a speech. Ask yourself these questions:
The three key ingredients of a great speech are ethos, pathos and logos. “For Aristotle, the ethos of a speaker is persuasive when the speech demonstrates practical wisdom, moral virtue, and goodwill toward the audience.” (Aristotle’s Rhetoric) Clinton makes it clear that
At the beginning, I was someone who dreaded speaking in front of the class and just read off her notecards the whole time in a quiet voice. Now I feel confident in my public speaking skills and can give a speech with no notecards, in a loud and clear voice. Mr. Ferebee helped me become a better speaker through teaching me about all of the literacy skills. I believe that you must use all of them in order to deliver a good message aloud. You must read and truly understand things about your topic so that you can turn that knowledge into things you can say. When you say them, you must listen to other people, to improve upon your own skills in order to speak well. Public speaking is one of the most important things that we use everyday. If we are not good at using all of the literacy skills in our speaking, then nobody will understand what we have to say. Without this class, I would not have been able to improve my speaking skills into something that I am proud
Moving on from Pathos we have Ethos that make the speech credible; One great example is the president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since the president is well-known about everywhere in the U.S., it makes the speech more reliable and trustworthy. Another important aspect that makes the speech credible is that the speech is given in front of the whole nation (through radio) including: people of the U.S., Congress, Vice president, Speaker of the House, members of the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
People need to have a certain type of voice to make a speech effective. To make a speech effective it depends on your tone of voice and how you deliver your speech. If you deliver your speech effectively, it could be memorable and even make a great impact on the world. An example of a speaker that made a great impact on the world is, Martin Luther King Jr, who delivered the famous I Have a Dream speech. Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist and he wanted to make a change in America. King wanted American’s to treat each other equally and not have discrimination against people depending on what race they were. King’s speech is effective because of the tone and rate he uses, his reasonable arguments, and his use of repetition
Patrick Henry was better at persuading his audience because he used a convincing combination rhetorical questions and imagery. Patrick Henry's use of logical and emotional appeals to make his audience believe in his cause. His purpose for speaking and his ambitious ideas also helped make his speech stronger. Jonathan Edwards speech was good, but the fear that he instilled in his audience crippled them instead of pushing them to action, like Henry's speech did.
He spoke both loud and clear enough so that everyone would be able to both hear and understand him with no problems. Throughout his speech he used a variation of loudness and softness to convey to the audience how he felt at the time. It was a rollercoaster, and who does not love a rollercoaster. It could have made everyone sit on the edge of his or her seats. He spoke at the perfect pace; not fast enough so that he was not understood and not slow enough that he bored everyone, because people want to be listened to. They do not want to be ignored. His brief pauses left everyone hanging for more, begging to hear what else he had to say. His ability to leave people wanting to hear more made the speech one to
William Lutz and Russell Conwell are the two rhetoric speakers I have chosen. Conwell, a very intelligent, religious, and ambitious man, wrote a remarkable speech and read it thousands of times to thousands of people. Raising thousands of dollars, he used that money to build Temple University. With such a compelling speech, he encountered many people who enjoyed his work and his words are still remembered to this day. Conwell connects with audience on an emotional level, he almost befriends his audience. Talking to them as if they are on the same level, no matter who they are, almost as if they were his friend. For example, he uses words like “friends” and “our”,
In the famous speech, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, by Jonathan Edwards, he focuses on persuading his audience to be born again. He speaks in a calm, monotone voice and never makes direct contact with the audience. Isn’t a good speaker supposed to have qualities such as direct eye contact, hand gestures, and a variety of voice tones? So how did Jonathan have such a powerful and famous speech without using any of the listed qualities? He created a persuasive speech by threatening Hell, frightening the audience with multiple archetypes, and describing how massively their religion has changed.
His speech was articulate and precise to his focus of speech, while at the same time holding the audience’s attention with delicately strung words. His speech gave it’s opposition to the idea of “Nullification”, while at the same time embracing the core values of the government by directing the officials to the importance of this new government to the people and not to the states that represent them. As for great orators of today’s time, one cannot say that our first African- American president, Barack Obama, was nothing short of superb when it came to delivering speeches and announcements to the people of the United States. His ability to rally, quell, and connect to his people was awe- inspiring. President Obama had an eloquence, that was neither perceived as arrogant, nor snobbish, but as true leader devoted to the welfare and prosperity of the people of this great nation. This is why President Obama was such a well received president by most, because he stood for the American dream and exemplified the will and drive the people within this nation. Other great orators include names of people who have passed like Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, President Abraham Lincoln and many more great faces that invoked passion in their listeners and lead great movements during their time. As time passes, orators have to face larger challenges in delivering speeches as media and television have changed the dynamics of deliverance of
It is important for leaders to be able to communicate their viewpoints. In fact, according to The Leadership Project for America, “He won several different awards as the best student speaker in America while at College at Harvard.” Ted Cruz, having won these awards, obviously knows how to effectively and clearly speak to anyone who may listen to him. “Cruz was also semi-finalist in the 1995 World Universities Debating Championship” (“Ted Cruz President 2016 | Ted Cruz for President”). Having won this award, Ted Cruz has proved that he is able to calmly but firmly argue with people about a certain topic, but not come across as arrogant. He is able to get his point across and explain why he feels that he is right. Although he has these achievements, some people may believe he is not the greatest speaker on conservative values. However, according to an article posted by The Leadership project for America, a profile commented on how good he is at communicating about conservative values, saying “He is a very effective and unflappable communicator of conservative values, and while no one was Reagan but Reagan, Ted Cruz is the best articulator of conservative values at the national level since Reagan.” Ronald Reagan was one of the most influential conservatives to have ever have served as President. Ronald Reagan was a very talented speaker and people loved listening to him speak. He preached and expressed his values so
What must an influential person address in order to be a successful orator? “Let the American orator discharge all other duties but this, if indeed it be not impossible, with the energy and eloquence of John Rutledge, and the disinterested fidelity of Robert Morris, yet shall he be counted a traitor if he attempt to dissolve the union (McGuffey Fourth Reader, pg. 283).” The influential orator must speak of the subject like he believes it despite his opinion, if it is best for the country. If he does not speak about the subject persuasively
We should study spoken language as it is truly unique and we can see the effect and beauty of spoken language in works of great orators and writers. Spoken language is truly an art, which involves many techniques to perfect and master it. One of the techniques is rhetoric. Rhetoric is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing. The ancient Greeks first developed public speaking. Under Roman, influence public speaking developed further. This was heavily under the influence of Cicero and Aristotle. The speeches I have chosen to study are the closing speech of Atticus Fitch in the novel to “Kill a Mockingbird” and the “Battle of Falkirk” by William Wallace in the movie “Brave heart.”
My communication skills have been a great asset to both my personal and work life. It has strengthened my ability to work in harmony with co-workers and in group settings. Although I communicate quite effectively I do find myself to be more quiet in large group settings and dislike public speaking. My recent position in community nursing required me to take on multiple roles as an educator and helped me work on my public speaking skills.
Before Golen’s study, no studies determined factors of barriers to effective listening, but many studies showed factors or groups of similar listening behaviors. A study of 127 college students, done by Barker, Watson, and Kibler (1984) found that delivery, credibility, speaker’s voice, interestingness, understandability, and clarity were used to determine speaker effectiveness by listeners.