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Listening An important skill because executives consider it #1 skill in managers It is something you will use all the time … for the rest of your life! Preparing for your speech Step one is determining the general purpose The General purpose is the overall goal of the speech. There are two options: To inform and to persuade. A speech to inform (also called Informative Speech) is intended to convey knowledge and understanding. It’s important to learn the skills of presenting an informative speech because situations will occur where informative speaking skills will be useful Often, an informative speaker is also considered a teacher or lecturer Informative speeches are often called “how to” speeches. Informative speeches do not advocate for a particular topic. It is to be unbiased. Persuasive speeches are meant to advocate for a certain position. Persuasive speeches are meant to change people’s mind about an attitude, belief or behavior. There are 3 criteria for information speeches: They should be communicated accurately, clearly and meaningful to the audience Step two is choosing your topic Personal inventory (experiences, interests, hobbies, skills, beliefs) is one way to choose a topic. Clustering (people, places, things, events, processes, concepts, national phenomenon, problems, plans and policies) is another way to choose a topic. Free Association (throwing out topics randomly) Step three is writing your specific purpose Your specific purpose states what you want to accomplish in your speech.
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