Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking


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David gave a speech in a public speaking class. The content of his speech was good, but he used words like 'um,' 'er' and 'duh' a lot while he was speaking. Which category would the teacher say that David needed to work on for his next speech?

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1. If someone asks you to speak more slowly, what vocal quality do you need to adjust?

2. Sally handed out a survey after a recent speech. Several respondents indicated that her articulation was not very good. Evaluate the activities listed below and indicate the one most likely to help Sally overcome this problem.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of how to use vocal qualities to convey meaning while speaking in public. You will be assessed on associated vocabulary such as fluency, pitch, rate, and volume.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll need to know the definitions and characteristics of the following vocal qualities:

  • Rate
  • Fluency
  • Tone
  • Pitch
  • Volume
  • Articulation

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on conveying meaning in public speaking by using vocal qualities
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as pitch and volume
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding ways to practice articulation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify vocal qualities based on definitions or characteristics

Additional Learning

To learn more about public speaking, review the accompanying lesson called Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking. This communications lesson will help you meet the following objectives:

  • Explain the term 'vocal qualities'
  • Describe each of these vocal qualities: volume, rate, pitch, fluency, articulation, and tone
  • Understand the significance of vocal qualities in public speaking