Ch 8: Effective Speech Delivery

About This Chapter

Writing a speech and reading it back to yourself is nothing compared to delivering it in front of a crowd. Study this chapter to learn how effective delivery drives it all home.

Effective Speech Delivery - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Reciting a speech to yourself in the mirror doesn't hold a candle to actually giving it on a stage before a crowd of what could be thousands of people. Whether it is a graduation ceremony, wedding reception or a political rally, a speech will be remembered not just for its content but for its style. Even the non-verbal gestures made by a speaker have a chance to leave a lasting impression on the crowd. This set of video lessons will detail the following:

  • What to do about including diversity
  • How to adjust pronunciation
  • How to properly rehearse the delivery
  • Why nonverbal cues in speeches are important
  • How to take grammar into account

LessonObjective
Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & MemorizedCompare the differences among speech types.
Grammar & Pronunciation in Public SpeakingSee how writing affects speaking.
Using Vivid Language in Public SpeakingHear how to capture an audience with words.
Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public SpeakingLearn how noise can change a speech's perception.
How Diction Influences the Style of a SpeechExamine the different choices of words in speech.
Considering Pronunciation, Articulation and Dialect in Public SpeakingDiscover how different cultures can influence speaking.
Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting DiversityRead how to best appeal to the widest audience.
The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech DeliveryWitness the effect of physical gestures.
Speech Rehearsal: Importance and ProcessResearch how to prepare.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: Effective Speech Delivery
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & Memorized

1. 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.

Grammar & Pronunciation in Public Speaking

2. Grammar & Pronunciation in Public Speaking

Using proper grammar and pronouncing words correctly are as important to the delivery of a quality speech as the content itself. Errors in sentence structure, word use and articulation will distract your audience and affect your overall speech delivery.

Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

3. 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.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

4. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.

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.

Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

6. 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.

Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

7. 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.

The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

8. 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.

Speech Rehearsal: Importance and Process

9. 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.

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