Ch 12: Processes & Conventions of Verbal Communication

About This Chapter

Watch 5-10 minute video and text lessons about writing speech outlines, adapting speeches to your audience, checking your sources, and more! The study materials in this chapter will help you remember all you need to know about the processes and conventions of verbal communication.

Processes & Conventions of Verbal Communication - Chapter Summary

Through the video and text lessons in this chapter, you will remind yourself of the proper way to outline a speech and provide supporting ideas. Take our short quizzes to test yourself on the characteristics of speech delivery. Through this chapter you will be able to recall:

  • Improving communication skills
  • Picking an appropriate topic
  • Developing a speech's main ideas and thesis
  • Utilizing supporting ideas
  • Outlining a speech
  • Delivering a speech
  • Speech adaptation
  • Vocal qualities
  • Using visual aids
  • Checking credibility and citing sources

After taking the quizzes, continue to practice by taking the comprehensive chapter exam. Our instructors are experts on verbal communication, and are happy to answer your questions. Also, our video transcripts contain important vocabulary words in bold. Using them allows you to create a list for yourself.

14 Lessons in Chapter 12: Processes & Conventions of Verbal Communication
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Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

1. Improving Communication Skills: Self-Disclosure, Listening & Non-Verbal Communication

Self-disclosure, listening, and nonverbal communication are three important conversation strategies people use. This lesson will discuss what they are, how they may be interpreted, and some tips for improving them.

Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics

2. Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics

In this lesson, learn tips and tricks for generating ideas for a speech. We'll explore how to select an appropriate topic and the methods of finding a good topic for your speech.

Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

3. Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

The objective of a good speech is to persuade, inform or entertain an audience. To accomplish this, one must have a specific purpose for the speech. This is the main idea or thesis statement and it must be prevalent throughout the speech.

Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic

4. Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic

The thesis statement is a vital part of your speech. In this lesson, learn how to create a thesis statement and identify problems in existing thesis statements.

Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

5. Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

When used appropriately, supporting ideas will help strengthen your speech and persuade your audience by giving it the depth needed to add clarity and credibility to your claims.

Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization Pattern

6. Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization Pattern

Sometimes understanding how to outline a speech can be one of the more difficult and confusing parts of speech construction. In this lesson, you will learn about the formatting and components of a speech.

Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & Memorized

7. 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.

Adapting to Your Audience During and After Your Speech

8. 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.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

9. 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.

Visual Aids in Public Speaking: Importance, Purpose, and Audience Considerations

10. Visual Aids in Public Speaking: Importance, Purpose, and Audience Considerations

Giving a speech can be nerve-wracking, and it might seem easy to just skip the visual aids. In this lesson, we'll discuss why that's a bad idea, why visual aids are important, and what elements make a great visual aid.

Types of Visual Aids Used in Public Speaking

11. Types of Visual Aids Used in Public Speaking

Many people understand that visual aids can be helpful in public speaking. But what types of visual aids should a person choose? Watch this lesson for information on the types of visual aids and how to choose the best one.

Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

12. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth

It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!

Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech

13. Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech

Citing sources while researching for a speech is an important, yet overlooked skill. This skill can help you develop your speech and avoid plagiarism. Learn the tips and tricks for citing sources and researching in this lesson!

Understanding When & How to Cite Sources During a Speech

14. Understanding When & How to Cite Sources During a Speech

Sometimes it can be confusing knowing when and how to cite sources during a speech, especially when using a visual aid like PowerPoint. This lesson has some tips and tricks to help you!

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