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Preparing to Speak Publicly Practice

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Updated on Sep 28, 2011

The study guide for these practice exercises can be found at: Preparing to Speak Publicly Help.

Preparing to Speak Publicly Practice

Speaking Publicly

Directions: Fill out this questionnaire before speaking publicly:

  • How many people will be in the audience?
  • What do these people have in common?
  • What is their age range?
  • What is the occasion at which I'll be speaking?
  • How much time will I have?
  • Who is my contact person? How can I reach that person with questions?
  • Choosing A Topic

    Directions: Fill out this questionnaire before choosing a topic:

  • Why was I chosen to speak at this gathering?
  • What knowledge do I have that will be of interest to the audience?
  • How much will the audience know about this topic?
  • How will the audience respond to my views on this topic?
  • What type of speech will I deliver? (persuasive, informative, humorous, etc.)
  • Speech Setting

    Directions: Fill out this questionnaire while visiting the site of your upcoming speech:

  • What will be the seating arrangements? Will I have any control over this?
  • What is the lighting like? Will I have any control over this?
  • What visual aids will I be using? What will I need to use them? (screen, plugs, projector, etc.)
  • What hostile environmental factors will I be facing? (after dinner, extraneous noise, etc.) What control will I have over these factors?
  • Where will I stand when I speak? Where will I be seated beforehand? How will I walk up to the podium?

 

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