CHAPTER SEVEN

GATHERING SUPPORTIVE MATERIALS

 

Supportive materials can be drawn from five potential sources:

 

1.    Personal knowledge and experience

2.    Internet

3.    Library

4.    Interviews

5.    Press Releases

 

Personal knowledge

 

·        You are your best source.

·        Using personal illustrations, explanations, definitions will increase credibility with audiences.

 

The Internet

 

http://www.abacon.com/pubspeak/index.html

 

Five criteria can assist in validating web resources

1.    Is the source accountable?

2.    How accurate are the sources of facts, and have they been validated?

3.    Is the information presented in an objective manner?

4.    How current is the information?

5.    Is the presentation of the information diversity-sensitive?

 

Library

 

·        Books

·        Journals

·        Full-text databases

·        Newspapers

·        Magazines

·        Directories

·        Statistical Index

 

Interviews

 

·        Determine the purpose of the interview

·        Set up the interview

·        Gather background information

·        Plan specific questions

·        Plan question sequence, with the most difficult question being at the end.

·        Plan a recording strategy

·        Ask permision to record

·        Dress appropriately

·        Be on time

·        Maintain time limits

·        Thank the interviewee

·        Follow up the interview with a thank you letter

 

Special Interest Groups

·        Associations

·        Organizations

·        Government sources

·        Authors

·        Scholars

·        Newsmakers

 

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SOURCES:

 

Beebe, Steven., and Beebe, Susan. (2003). Public Speaking. “An Audience-Centered Approach. Fifth Edition. Pearson Education Inc. Boston, Mass.

 

Villagran, Morris; Wise, Charles and Ivy, Diana. (2003). Public Speaking. “An Audience Centered Approach”. Instructor’s Resource Manual for Beebe and Beebe. Pearson Education Inc. Boston, Mass.

 

http://www.abacon.com/pubspeak/index.html

 

 

Zeuschner, Raymond. (1997). Communicating Today. Allyn and Bacon. Needham Heights, Massachusetts.