1. You have delivered a number of speeches. Perhaps some of your speeches were delivered to an opposed audience, some to a favorable audience, and some to an audience that was indifferent. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of speaking to each type of audience.
2. You have delivered speeches that were for the purpose of entertaining, informing, persuading, demonstrating, introducing, or for some special occasion. How important is knowing and understanding the purpose of your speech to speech writing and speech delivery? Did you ever experience difficulty finding a subject or central idea to fit your purpose? How did you overcome this or what have you learned from this experience
3. Based on your experiences in this class, and the information discussed in class and in your text, would say that great speakers are born or made?
4. According to your text, the communicative act involves five elements: a speaker wishes to communicate an idea, the speaker encodes the idea in a message, the message is sent through a channel to an audience, the audience receives and decodes the message, the audience responds to the message. Based on the speeches you have written and delivered throughout this course, describe the importance of being aware of each of these five elements? How do each of these elements interact with one another?
5. It is always recommended that you finish speech writing with an ample amount of time left to rehearse. Based on your experience, how important is rehearsal? On average, how much rehearsal do you think you require?
6. According to Plutarch, "learn how to listen and you will prosper—even from those who talk badly". In what ways have you developed into a better listener as a result of your experiences in this course? How important is being a good listener to public speaking?
7. In addition to delivering speeches you have had the opportunity to watch, evaluate, and give feedback to other speakers. How important are things like eye contact, gestures, movement, posture, facial expression, vocal delivery (volume, articulation, dialect, pronunciation, pitch, rate, pauses, and timing), and personal appearance?
8. Effective speakers use a combination of delivery methods (Impromptu Speeches, Manuscript Speeches, Memorized Speeches, and Extemporaneous Speeches). Which type of delivery method do you prefer and why?
9. You can use basic supporting materials to help you make your ideas clearer when speaking: examples, statistics, and testimony. Which ones have you used throughout this course? Which do you think you should have used more?
10. Speeches are organized into central and main ideas in several different ways. These basic organizational patterns include: Chronological, Spatial, Causal (Cause & Effect), and Topical. Which organizational patterns have you used? Which one(s) do you find most effective? Is there a relationship between your organization pattern and the topic or purpose of your speech?