Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech


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Speaker Molly notices that the audience is fidgeting in their seats. What is one effective technique Molly should use to reengage the audience?

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1. Which of the following is/are examples of non-verbal cues?

2. Why might a speaker use visuals such as pictures, short videos, or demonstrations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To be successful as a public speaker, it is crucial to be able to adapt to the audience. This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your ability to adapt to the audience during and after a speech. You will be tested on sample situations as well as terms like audience analysis and audience surveillance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Examples of non-verbal cues
  • What to do if you are losing the audience
  • How to gauge message reception after the speech
  • The main point of audience analysis

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on adapting to the audience during and after a speech
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about speech-making in a different light
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve speech-related practice problems
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as audience analysis and audience surveillance

Additional Learning

To learn more about this public speaking technique, review the accompanying lesson on Adapting to the Audience During and After a Speech. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Conduct audience analysis
  • Recognize non-verbal cues that show an audience is losing interest
  • Learn strategies to regain audience attention
  • Determine audience response after the speech