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Chapter 15 Review - Chapter 15 Speaking to Inform Choosing...

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Chapter 15: Speaking to Inform Choosing a topic 1. Pick a topic that is not over your listeners head When choosing a topic, make sure that you pick a topic that can be explained at the appropriate level for your audience Keep your targeted audience in mind…or who your talking to 2. Pick a Topic tat is not too personal When you present, examine the appropriateness of the presentation in relation to both the audience and the speaking situation . Select a topic that is classroom appropriate and be sure to disclose only that information which is fitting for the situation. 3. Pick an intriguing topic Pick a topic that will engage your audience and that will capture their attention. At the same time, the speaker has to be interested in the topic One way to combine the two things mentioned above is to use what is called, reason to listen, in the introduction A reason to listen connects your speech to the interests of your audience. This is basically saying, give the audience a reason to listen. If your going to talk about nursing homes, mention how one day, the audience members might have to put their parents into one. The goal is to draw their attention. 4. Pick topic that are manageable Pick a topic that is rich enough to warrant its selection, but narrow enough to allow an in-depth examination of the subject 5. Pick a topic that has substance Great informative speeches are those that ask the speaker and the audience to do more than simply stay awake; they interest, intrigue, and provoke thought in the audience. Basically, don’t pick a topic that doesn’t mean shit to the audience. Evidence Evidence not only increases your credibility, but it also gives listeners solid ideas that they can believe and take home. Good evidence also places what you are saying in a broader context. 1. Statistics Using statistics effectively means understanding exactly what stats measure. Use stats that can be effective…mainly, try to have a higher number For instance, you would rather have a 1000/1500 doctors recommend it than 4 out of 5. Make sure your evidence is not misleading.
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Chapter 15: Speaking to Inform 2. Using Narrative vs. Objective Evident (Clearly), Narrative and Objective Evidence are the two basic categ. of evid. Narrative Evidence refers to stories that people tell about their own or others experiences Stories you tell your friends and personal testimony are both Narr. Evidence.
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