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Unformatted text preview: Ed Tell Angela (Anqi) Liu #6 Response: Purpose, Audience, Design (Reading 12) Sec. 002 20415897 A public speaker must be audience-oriented (99). To be more specific, the speaker should take the audience into account when selecting, a topic, preparing, and delivering his speech. Audience, on the other hand, tends to be egocentric (101), which in turn requires the speaker's full attention. Fortunately for me, the audience of my speech is the thirty fellow students with whom I have spent half the term studying together. They share some similarities in terms of age and education background, which means they are at the stage of life where they start to seek independence from parents, become aware of gender identification, form their own values of the world, and look for career options (106). Therefore topics regarding teenage education, expected behaviors from employees, parents-child relationships will probably sound more intriguing to them. What's more, I should also bear in mind that my audience is well educated enough to think logically and independently, so I am not supposed to bore them with old clich or common knowledge that is already accessible from books. However, my audience is more diverse than similar. Though most of them are Asians, they come from all parts of Asia, Far East such as China, India, and Korea, Mid East like Kuwait, and South Asia. Various ethnics lead to different religions and cultural background, and I will carefully study and avoid these cultural taboos. Besides, dominate as Chinese in the audience, I should not assume Chinese cultural is right or superior (111). And it should not be forgotten that each individual is unique, and is capable of generating independent thoughts and questioning my thesis. So it is a good strategy to emphasize shared values or list common experience that everybody has before bringing up my own point of view, in a better attempt to gain acceptance from the audience. Moreover, when delivering the speech, I should pay close attention to reactions from the audience, and respond by further explaining my point if the signs indicate the need. ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course MODERN LAN 111 taught by Professor Edtell during the Winter '12 term at Waterloo.
- Winter '12