About This Chapter
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Students will review:
In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What are some tips for becoming an audience-centered speaker?
- How can gathering information assist in the audience analysis process?
- What's the best way to adapt to an audience both during and after a speech?
1. Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs
The best way a speaker can ensure that his message is communicated effectively is to consider his audience and their biases and beliefs. Getting to know and understand the audience will help to create a speech that carries meaning.
2. Informal and Formal Methods of Audience Analysis
There are three formal concentrations a good public speaker needs to focus on when conducting a formal audience analysis. There are also times when an informal analysis will do. Learn more about both types in this lesson.
3. Gathering Information for Audience Analysis: Research & Observation
An audience analysis is an essential step in writing and presenting a speech that is meaningful to an audience. The speaker will look at several traits, characteristics and conditions of his audience to best suit the speech to their needs.
4. 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.
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Other chapters within the Public Speaking 101: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Public Speaking: Help and Review
- Listening and Feedback: Help and Review
- Speech Topic, Purpose & Thesis: Help & Review
- Researching the Speech: Help and Review
- Organizing The Speech: Help and Review
- Outlining The Speech: Help and Review
- Language and Style: Help and Review
- Speech Delivery: Help and Review
- Selecting and Incorporating Visual Supports: Help and Review
- Types of Speeches: Help and Review
- Reasoning and Rhetorical Proof: Help and Review
- Speech Evaluation: Help and Review
- Preparing For an Impromptu Speech: Help and Review