COM230HW1

COM230HW1 - COM 230: Chapters 1, 2, 3 (Public Speaking...

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COM 230: Chapters 1, 2, 3 (Public Speaking overview; Listening; Ethics) 1 . List and briefly explain what you believe to be the five most important characteristics of effective speaker. Also, list and briefly explain what you believe are the five most common characteristics of an ineffective speaker. Be prepared to discuss your ideas in class. I believe the five most important characteristics of an effective speaker are: Enthusiasm for the topic: if an effective speaker has no passion for what he/she is talking about, the audience won’t either. Knowledge of the topic: an effective speaker does thorough research on the topic beforehand. Preparation for the speech: an effective speaker takes at least one hour to prepare for each minute of the speech. Manner of delivering the speech: an effective speaker draws in the audience with a professional and sometimes dramatic tone to his/her speech. Awareness of the audience: an effective speaker understands who he/she is speaking to, whether it be professors, parents, or his/her 9 year old niece, and thus tailors the speech accordingly. I think the five most common characteristics of an ineffective speaker are: Inconsiderate, uninterested by the topic: if the speaker has no passion or does not care about the subject, the audience won’t either. Lack of confidence: an ineffective speaker has low self-esteem and no charismatic skills in front of an audience. Lack of preparation for the speech: the speaker does not know how to handle stage fright and anxiety in front of the audience, therefore is not prepared. Lack of knowledge: the speaker has not researched the topic enough to inform the audience effectively. Poor manner of delivery: the speaker does not know how to use the
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COM230HW1 - COM 230: Chapters 1, 2, 3 (Public Speaking...

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