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Public Speaking - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to help your middle school student become comfortable in speaking in front of a group. The lessons include tips on how to speak to an audience and cover how skills in public speaking can benefit them in school and beyond. The short video lessons are taught by subject-matter experts who use fun graphics and real-life examples to present key ideas. These videos are supplemented by video transcripts that highlight vocabulary terms and multiple-choice quizzes that can be used to test comprehension.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?||Instructors teach the elements of public speaking.|
|Understanding Reasons for a Public Speaking Event||Students learn about different types of speaking events and how they can impact the topic of a speech.|
|Public Speaking as a Communication Process||Instructors demonstrate different models of public speaking.|
|Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs||This lesson includes topics in how to tailor a speech towards a specific audience.|
|Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech||Students learn to conduct and respond to an audience analysis.|
1. What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?
Public speaking is the process of communicating information to an audience. It is usually done before a large audience, like in school, the workplace and even in our personal lives. The benefits of knowing how to communicate to an audience include sharpening critical thinking and verbal/non-verbal communication skills.
2. Understanding Reasons for a Public Speaking Event
In this lesson, you'll learn how to prepare for a speaking event. Learn how to tailor your speech to be appropriate for the event based on your background, the occasion and the audience.
3. Public Speaking as a Communication Process
Public speaking is a process of communicating to a large group. It involves a sender, receiver and a message. The message is sent through various channels and generally results in feedback from the audience.
4. 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.
5. 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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