Speech Essay in Speech Format.

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You have been invited to give a speech to the Australian Speaking Society on the topic ‘great speeches – the secret of success.’
Write the transcript for the speech including references to at least three speeches set for study.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer and poet of the mid-19th century once said: “Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel,” and how correct is he even today. Speeches are an essential form of communication in our society as it has the capabilities to approach concerning issues in either a serious or humorous way. To me, an effective speech incorporates useful information, utilises emotions and is appropriate to its context. Throughout my presentation, I will be referring
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One of the speeches that I believe really encapsulates the audience’s emotion is the speech “Faith, Hope and Reconciliation” spoken in 1999 at a Reconciliation Convention in Wollongong by Faith Bandler. It was presented in a social and political landscape mistrust and racial tension and Bandler’s is able to use to context to create emotions from the audience through the use of form and language techniques. The opening of the speech displays a humble woman through the use of sincerity in her tone, “I first would like to thank the Indigenous people”. This opening has emotionally drawn the audience into listening to her purpose – that is to show that people have the ability to overcome adversity and find common ground. It sets an example of finding common ground for the audience. Furthermore, Bandler creates pathos effectively in addressing a pivotal issue such as people power and racism. By drawing upon the audience’s emotions, the speech was great and successful by using techniques such as cumulation in, ‘have lived, breathed, struggled and climbed…’ and inclusive personal pronouns, “we must ask ourselves… we are not to forget…” which evoke imagery and emotions that provoke the audience to think of their wrong-doings and understand that their acceptance ability to see light will create a better world. Also, through the use of rhetoric in achieving pathos, Atwood, who presented the speech during the critical time frame during the

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