CHAPTER SIX

DEVELOPING YOUR SPEECH

Take first steps in preparing a speech.

Select a narrow topic.

·        Consider the audience.

·        Choose a relevant topic.

·        Take into account the current knowledge of the audience about the topic.

·        Choose an important topic.

·        Consider the occasion.

·        Consider yourself. Choose topics that reflect your personal concerns and convictions.

·        Use strategies for researching topic ideas

·        Narrow your topic, by choosing progressively smaller areas with greater focus.

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Determine your speech purpose

·        Speaking to inform.

·        Speaking to persuade

·        Speaking to entertain

·        Speaking Determine your purpose.

·        to educate

·        Speaking to demonstrate

Develop your central idea.

·        Use precise language

·        Limit your speech to a single idea called a thesis

·        Central ideas should be audience-centered.

·        Central ideas are a one-sentence summary of the speech.

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Generate your main ideas.

·        Find logical divisions

·        Establish reasons for the truth of the central idea.

EXAMPLE: “Marriage as an Endangered Institution”.

-There are fewer marriages each year.

-There are more “live-in” arrangements.

-An increasing divorce rate.

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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.

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