1. Explain the importance of audience in public speaking. Elaborate in depth how audience should impact your choice of topic, content development, organization and delivery. Illustrate your response with examples and supporting evidence.
An audience plays the biggest role in public speaking. Knowing your audience is the most important aspect of public speaking, whether it is an audience of 20 or an audience of 200 (Ricci, 2012). There are several things you can do to prepare and research your audience before and at the beginning of the speech that will help you adjust your speech to better engage your audience (Ricci 2012). Prior to the meeting or event, speak to the person who organized the meeting and find out the level of knowledge the audience has on the topic. Another technique you can use if you can’t find out much about the audience in advance, is to greet them at the door. This will allow you to get a sense of the age and demographic of the audience so that you can better relate your speech to them (Ricci 2012). A good example would be that you would present your speech different to a younger audience then you would and older generation. With a younger audience you may be a little more loose with the content of the speech, whereas with an older audience you would be more factual and business like.
2. Explain how you will prepare for your presentation. Elaborate in depth on how you will plan, organize, develop your content, and deliver your presentation. How will you practice your presentation (i.e. methods, number of times, etc.).
I will prepare for my presentation by picking a good topic that can relate to the audience. Once I have my topic chosen, I will start to develop the speech. Once I have the speech written out, I will then construct the content so that the speech flows smoothly. By that I mean I will make sure that my transitions from one main point to the other flow smoothly so I can keep the audience engaged in the presentation. I...