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Chapter 4: Your First Speech

After reading chapter 4, answer the following questions:


1. What two major steps are discussed in this chapter for developing your introductory speech?

2. When organizing your introductory speech, you should divide it into what three sections?

3. What method of delivery does this chapter recommend for your introductory speech?

4. What steps should you take when rehearsing your first speech?

5. What five elements of speech delivery are discussed in this chapter with regard to presenting your first speech?

6. Examine the two sample speeches with commentary on pages 72–73. Choose one, and answer the following questions about it.

      a. How does the opening paragraph gain the attention of the audience, introduce the subject of the speech, and preview the main points to be discussed in the body?

      b. How clearly is the body of the speech organized? What does the speaker do to help listeners follow the progression of ideas?

      c. How does the speaker conclude? Does the conclusion reinforce the central theme of the speech?

7. Are there occasions outside the classroom on which you might give a speech of self-introduction? Identify such an occasion and explain how you might apply the principles of introductory speeches discussed in this chapter.

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