Building Credibility to Persuade Your Audience in Public Speaking


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What is at the foundation of credibility?

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1. In the introduction to her speech on techniques for successfully growing roses, Mary notes that she had a Ph.D. in horticulture and has been cultivating rose gardens since the time she was a child helping in her grandmother's garden. How will this statement influence her audience?

2. Though Joe's credentials and reputation were solid, his speech delivery was poor, and he seemed especially disorganized. As a result, which form of Joe's credibility will be impacted first?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can test your knowledge of what credibility is and how it can be established when making a speech with this quiz and worksheet. To pass the quiz, you'll need to know the types of credibility and how credibility is gained.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

Check how well you understand the following:

  • A characteristic of being trustworthy
  • The type of credibility that is based on a speaker's reputation
  • The type of credibility gained while one is making a speech
  • The type of credibility that is gained or lost after a speech has been delivered
  • A sentence in the introduction of a speech that shows the speaker's knowledge of the subject

Skills Practiced

While you use this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll be able to practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about public speaking in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the types of credibility
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ways in which speakers can gain credibility

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson called Building Credibility to Persuade Your Audience in Public Speaking for more details about proving your trustworthiness to an audience. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide examples of credibility
  • Identify and explain the types of credibility
  • List ways in which public speakers can gain credibility
  • Explore examples to illustrate the ways credibility can be gained