Persuasive Speech Thesis And Preview
If the speaker doesn’t know what her or his topic is and cannot convey that topic to the audience, then we’ve got really big problems!
Robert Cavett, the founder of the National Speaker’s Association, used the analogy of a preacher giving a sermon when he noted, “When it’s foggy in the pulpit, it’s cloudy in the pews.” As we discussed in Chapter 6 "Finding a Purpose and Selecting a Topic", the specific purpose is the one idea you want your audience to remember when you are finished with your speech.
For example, in the summer of 2009, many Democratic members of Congress attempted to hold public town-hall meetings about health care.
For a range of reasons, many of the people who attended these town-hall meetings refused to let their elected officials actually speak because the audiences were convinced that the Congressmen and Congresswomen were lying.
One of the most common complaints novice public speakers have is that they simply don’t know how to start a speech.
Many times speakers get ideas for how to begin their speeches as they go through the process of researching and organizing ideas.
In this chapter, we will explore why introductions are important and various ways speakers can create memorable introductions.
Let’s face it—we’ve all tuned someone out at some point because we weren’t interested in what they had to say.
The second factor of credibility noted by Mc Croskey and Teven is , or the degree to which an audience member perceives a speaker as honest.
Nothing will turn an audience against a speaker faster than if the audience believes the speaker is lying.
When an audience does not perceive a speaker as trustworthy, the information coming out of the speaker’s mouth is automatically perceived as deceitful.
The speaker could be 100 percent honest, but the audience will still find the information suspect.
In addition, a clear purpose provides the audience with a single, simple idea to remember even if they daydream during the body of your speech.