Just the Beginning

April 7, 2011 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Hi, my name is Ryan Beasley. I am 19 years old and currently a freshman for Southern State Community College.  As of right now this is just the beginning of the class, being on the second week of the quarter.  This is when all the blogs and essays are starting to be assignments.  Coming into this class I was nervous and terrified of the talking in front of others.  Already in two weeks we have spoken at the front of the classroom about what we have found in various chapters and why we thought the things we found were interesting and useful.  I know from what I have read in three simple chapters that there is a lot of effort needed to be put forth in speeches.  But, not just those speaking, listeners as well have to put forth effort to either; understand the message of the speaker (comprehensive listening), listen to provide emotional support for the speaker (empathic listening), listening for pleasure or enjoyment (appreciative listening), and listening to evaluate a message for purposes of accepting or rejecting (critical listening.)

I like that there are many key components in speeches that make a speech either excellent or not so good.  These key components are: pausing, volume, pitch, and the rate of which one speaks.  Pauses are important because they can put emphasis on certain words.  Volume of ones voice is important because if the speaker is too loud the audience will think your boring, but if you’re too soft in how you speak then the audience may not understand what you’re saying.  Pitch is important because it puts meaning to words or sounds.  And then there is rate, this component is important because if your too slow then you will lose the audience’s attention, but too fast then words wont be able to sink into the audience.  The rate at which speakers give their speeches depends on the vocal attributes, the mood being created, composition of the audience, and the nature of the occasion.



Entry filed under: By Ryan, Listening, public speaking, Public Speaking Delivery, Public Speaking Tips, Uncategorized.

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