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Ch 6: Delivering a Speech

About This Chapter

The Delivering a Speech chapter of this Public Speaking Study Guide course is the simplest way to master speech delivery. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of speech delivery.

Who's It For:

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering speech delivery material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn speech delivery. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding speech delivery
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning public speaking (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about speech delivery
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra public speaking learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Delivering a Speech chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Delivering a Speech chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any speech delivery question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a speech delivery unit of a standard public speaking course. Topics covered include:

  • The importance of rehearsing
  • Impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript and memorized delivery methods
  • Speech styles
  • The importance of nonverbal communication
  • Diction's effect on speech style
  • Using inclusive language
  • Vivid imagery in public speaking
  • Pronunciation, articulation and dialect
  • The adaptive and self-aware speaker
  • Delivering a message with cross-cultural impact
  • Special challenges of presenting in a foreign language
  • Learning to adapt to your audience
  • Suggestions for dealing with pubic speaking anxiety

13 Lessons in Chapter 6: Delivering a Speech
Speech Rehearsal: Importance and Process

1. Speech Rehearsal: Importance and Process

Speech rehearsal is as important as writing the speech itself. It starts with a pre-rehearsal and then follows several steps. By following the process, you will have a winning speech.

Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & Memorized

2. Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & Memorized

There are four ways in which a speaker can deliver his or her information. Once can speak from his head, commit every word to memory, read from a script or use a blended approach.

The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

3. The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

When writing a speech, a writer should consider the speaker, audience and purpose of the speech. Each factor influences the overall style of the speech.

The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

4. The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

When delivering a speech, your body movements tell almost as much about your message as your actual speech. Eye contact, body orientation, posture, facial expressions and gestures play into how your audience perceives your message.

How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

5. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.

Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

6. Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

Speechwriters must consider diversity when writing their speeches. A way to avoid offending people is to use inclusive language, or language that the audience is familiar with and understands.

Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

7. Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

A speech should not bore the audience. To captivate your audience and command their attention, the use of vivid language is necessary. This includes using clarity, rhythm and vividness to get your audience to pay attention to your speech.

Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

8. Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

The speaker's culture and habits often have much to do with the vocal traits of a speech. Thus, punctuation, articulation and dialect are three very personal aspects of speech delivery.

Being a Self-Aware and Adaptive Communicator

9. Being a Self-Aware and Adaptive Communicator

To be an excellent speaker in the business world, you have to be self-aware and an adaptive communicator. This lesson will help you learn how to do that.

Cross-Cultural Communication: Definition, Strategies & Examples

10. Cross-Cultural Communication: Definition, Strategies & Examples

Cross-cultural communication is imperative for companies that have a diverse workforce and participate in the global economy. It is important for employees to understand the factors that are part of an effective, diverse workforce.

Communicating in Different Languages: Dealing with Interpreters and Jargon

11. Communicating in Different Languages: Dealing with Interpreters and Jargon

Communicating effectively in different languages as part of a business environment revolves around eliminating jargon and utilizing interpreters for message delivery.

Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

12. Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

Preparing for your speech is only one way in which a speaker can ensure audience adaptation. You need a keen eye for non-verbal cues during and after the speech to determine whether your audience is paying attention.

Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

13. Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

Speaking before a crowd can provoke anxiety even in the most seasoned speakers. There are several tips and strategies a public speaker can employ to reduce the level of stress associated with public speaking.

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