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Ed Tell Sec. 002 Angela (Anqi) Liu 20415897 #5 Response: The Self and Public Personae (Reading 11) Aristotle once pointed out that a speaker has to be ethical to win the trust of his audience (91). However, this is not always the case. Take the notorious politician, racist and leader of Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, for instance. No one would deny that he was a renowned speaker, whose oral potentials had been fully released through numerous military speeches. He possessed all the traits an expert speaker should have, such as exceptional personal charisma, quick-witted mind, good memory, etc. Apart from that, Hitler also purposely employed diplomatic techniques to deceive and please certain audiences, including the use of scapegoats. It was by speech that he earned a position at the parliament, as well as the public support that enabled his rising to power. Today we see clearly what his ambitions were, and all his public performance served those purposes. The surprising truth is, his immoral intentions never got in the way for his
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Unformatted text preview: speech to win the audience, whom usually went into frenzy with pride and agreement. This was due to his adeptness at disguising his true purposes with great oral tactics, that everybody falsely believed he had an ethical character. Nonetheless, not everyone can become Hitler. For most of us, only when our prominent oral skills match with our moral standards can we truly earn the respect of targeted audience. More specifically, as speakers, we are supposed to remain soundly ethical throughout the entire speech process. First of all, we should carefully pick a topic that does not conflict moral expectations. Then, we must sedulously collect authentic and convincing evidence to validate his specific viewpoint. Finally when we deliver the speech, we are responsible for adopting appropriate expressions and responding, adjusting to reactions from the audience. In short, we ought to stay honest from the moment we decide to give a speech till everything is over. (92-93)...
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