Write a life experience essay on What is Public Speaking?
Public Speaking deals with the intentional delivery of information to a broad audience. Public speakers offer messages to audiences of various sizes and levels in both formal and informal settings. The concepts of “intention” and “audience” are key. Public speakers plan their communication to engage their audience and react to audience response. Public speaking is NOT merely leading meetings, speaking at small work meetings, or posting a YouTube video, which may yield other types of communications learning. Instead, public speakers tell a story and intend to connect to an audience in real or virtual media.
The diagram below identifies many aspects of learning in this field. Your learning may fall within some areas and not others, based on your personal experience, and that’s o.k. You can consult other guides or use the general guide if they are more appropriate to your learning.
Public Speaking Process Overview
Developing Content Appropriate to Delivery Mode (e.g face-to-face, virtual)
Conducting Audience Analysis
Creating Effective Openings/Closings
Practicing the Speech, including timing yourself
Methods (e.g. impromptu, planned)
Verbal Strategies (e.g. rate, pauses)
Nonverbal Strategies (e.g. eye contact, gestures, movement)
Using Presentation Aids
Managing Q & A and Disruptive Audience Members
Managing Time Constraints and Changes
Gathering audience feedback
Assessing one’s own strengths and weaknesses
Reflecting and refining speech for future
Learning from other speakers
Writing your PLA Request
Please answer all of the following eight questions.
Describe what you do. (answer a-d)
What public speaking experience do you have?
What formal or informal training have you had, or what books or materials have you used to learn about public speaking?
What kind or type of public speaking do you do? (e.g., provide information , persuade others to do something, teach others)
Describe yourself as a speaker – what is your style of public speaking?
Think about a typical public speaking situation for you. How do you: (answer a-j)
Prepare for an upcoming presentation in terms of your process of creating the presentation?
Prepare for an upcoming presentation in terms of the knowledge of the room, equipment, the space (real or virtual) that you’re in?
Decide whether to use an outline, brief notes, or other speaker preparations?
Decide when and if to use visuals?
Establish your credibility as a speaker?
Know if you’re connecting with the audience?
Adjust your delivery based on audience reaction or feedback?
Deal with interruptions?
Typically evaluate the experience?
Compare your initial public speaking experiences with your current ones? What have you personally learned as you’ve grown as a public speaker?
Choose three adjectives that describe effective public speakers and three that describe ineffective public speakers, and explain why.
What informal, general rules have you developed for yourself when speaking in public?
5. Using your informal rules, plus your understanding of what makes a credible and effective public speaker, explain what you would do and why in one of the following public speaking situations.
Use ONE of the scenarios below or offer your own:
You were invited to speak on a particular topic, but the audience asked you to address a different, more pressing topic.
You prepared to speak to an audience of 100, but only 20 show up (or vice versa).
You’re asked by an audience member to clarify a concept by offering information that could be considered private or classified.
What would you teach others? What training topics would you focus on if you were working with a new public speaker? What would be your 4-6 priorities for training?
What trends do you currently see in public speaking, and how might you address those trends?
Please offer any additional information or thoughts on this topic that you would like to discuss as part of your PLA.
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