final speech exam - Maheen Hasan Final Exam 11/30/10 Essay...

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Unformatted text preview: Maheen Hasan Final Exam 11/30/10 Essay 1 The introduction of a speech performs five important functions. The introduction catches the audiences' attention to make sure that the speech will be heard with interest instead of ignored. I t gives the audience a clear thesis so they will understand what the speech is about. I t also relates the speech to the audience so they feel connected to the topic, furthering their interest. The other two functions of the introduction are to establish credibility and previewing your main points. The order of the thesis, audience adaptation and credibility may be mixed up but the attention getter always come first and the preview is always last. The functions of the conclusion are to review the main points of the speech and to provide closure. An attention-getter is always the first function of a speech. As its name implies an attention-getter focuses on getting the audience to listen to your speech. I t is very easy for audiences to get bored and start daydreaming. Introducing your topic in simple words and a monotone voice will not capture your audiences' attention. An attention-getter poses a meaningful yet shocking quote, statistics, video, sound, story, joke or rhetorical question. For example, if I am giving a persuasive speech on why to avoid skydiving I can start by telling my audience that 40% of people die while skydiving (I would give the correct statistic in an actual speech). A 40% chance of deathmost people fear death so this statistic would definitely get their attention, especially for the people considering skydiving. An attention getter paves the way for the rest of the introduction, because if it is successful then a speaker is guaranteed that his or speech is being heard with interest. Not only is it important to capture the audiences' attention but it's also important to give them a reason to continue listening to it. Yes, an attention-getter gets the audience listening but if the rest of your speech is irrelevant or boring to the audience they will not continue to listen unless of course they have a reason to. Let's face it; most people are interested in themselves (at least to some degree). They love to talk about themselves or listen to something relating to them. The function of an audience adaptation is to relate your topic to the audience giving them a reason to keep listening to the speech. An audience 'adapter' speaks about a topic relevant to its audience (for example, giving a speech on scholarship applications at a college) or it takes a topic that seems irrelevant and relates it to the audience somehow (for example, music is a generic topic but people listen to it every day and it is a big part of our modern/pop culture). The audience 'adapter' relates the topic to the audience so the audience feels involved and gives them a reason to listen to the speech....
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