Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Anticipating audience size, part of Writing Speeches.
- Does the size of the audience really matter?…Why not just a one-size fits all speech?…Think about that for a minute.…Can you imagine writing one speech…and then delivering that same speech…to an audience of six people or 106 people?…The conversational group of six would not be receptive…to a formal speech any more than you would be able…to give an intimate conversational speech…to the auditorium's audience of over 100.…So, yes, size does matter…because there is not a one-size fits all way…to write a speech.…
As you write your speech, you have to think…how to adapt or tailor it to your audience size.…Even though there is a variety of terms…for various audience sizes,…for the purposes of this discussion we're going to…use small, medium, and large.…Small up to 20. Medium, 20 to 50 range.…And Large, over 50.…The smaller the audience,…the more flexibility you need to write into your speech.…You will have to be able to adapt quickly.…Smaller groups may feel more comfortable asking questions…that may take you away from your planned speech,…
- Choose a general topic.
- Compose a thesis statement.
- Write a strong ending.
- Use transitions to tie thoughts together.
- Differentiate between primary and secondary research.
- Identify and adapt to audience knowledge.
- Assess whether to incorporate visuals and follow the rules.
- Differentiate between persuasive and informational speeches.
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Determining the Purpose
2. Deciding the Organizational Arrangement
3. Outlining the Organization
4. Incorporating Support
Collecting primary research4m 14s
5. Adapting to the Audience
6. Writing for Different Occasions
7. Preparing the Prompts
Next steps5m 31s
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