6 February 2013
Narrative Speech Audience Analysis
I chose to deliver my narrative speech on relationships. I would like the class to understand how relationships I have been in have shaped me, but more importantly how relationships can impact a lot more in our lives than we realize. Our class contains only 21 people, so it is definitely small enough to bring this speech in at a personal level. Since relationships can be a touchy subject, I would like to break the ice with a little bit of audience involvement. I plan on asking them if they have ever been through any relationships that have left them burned or hurt, followed by a few personal stories on what I've been through. Since everyone has been in a relationship before, whether romantic or a close friendship, I am confident that people will be drawn in and able to relate to this subject. Also the age of my audience will not make too much of a difference in the response, but to ensure that it is taken in by all, I will most likely adapt my vocabulary and approach. For example, I will have a balance of a sarcastic/comedic approach and a serious/vulnerable approach which might suit the few in our class who are a bit older than the average college student.
My speech is going to be focusing on the things in our lives that can be impacted by relationships, and not at all on what a good relationship is. There are different beliefs on relationships, and I don't want to get into a talk about what is right and wrong. That is not the purpose of my speech. However, my personal belief on any type of speaking and communication is to always put authenticity over adaptation. That being said, I am going to be honest about my relationships and in regard to my most important and influential relationship (Jesus), I am not going to hold back from going there. I will feel out how I should go about bringing that up based on the mood of the class and nonverbal communication, but I will still bring it...