Persuasive Speech Reflection

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Our most recent drama unit has been covering persuasive speaking and the factors that aids to the effect of a persuasive speech.

Throughout almost all of my speech my voice was projected well to the audience. I used many pauses to emphasise points in my speech, like when I stated that I knew none of them cared about this major problem, the technique I used was generating a empathic response in the listeners (greedy business executives).

My facial expression in some cases didn’t relate to what I was saying; from time to time when I said something that was quite on the negative side, I smiled. However this smile wasn’t very noticeable so it may have probably not distracted the audience. As for my hand gestures, I think that from time to time they were much too large and expressing which could distract the viewer’s attention slightly. On the plus side I did use them well in terms of emphasising some sentences or words so this may have counteracted the negative side. For the next speech I do I may have to practice more because I looked at my palm cards just a little bit more than what I think should be acceptable.

I think that the content in my speech was great this time around; I had effective organisation and each of the three main points had nice research to back them up. As for purr/snarl words I think I used a great variety of both and this helped me convey the message. When I spoke about the problem I used words such as starvation, and death however when I spoke about the solution I used “fat stacks” which I think is a nice combination of words, and I also said improvise which sounds like an optimistic word.

Overall my best skills were conveying the message through the modulative devices, and the content of my speech. However I should improve on my facial expressions because those are one of the ways the audience knows how I feel about the topic, and that is one of the most important aspects in a persuasive speech.

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I found Ethan’s speech very captivating through his points on the topic. The points in this topic appealed to a large spectrum of audience from the business executives themselves, to possible activists on poverty. I think that his many perspectives in his speech also may have added to the persuasive potential due to the audience viewing him as very open minded.

Drama – Stereotypes

Examples of some stereotypes: Blondes are dumb, Christians are stupid and will try to impose their beliefs on you, Politicians lie.

Character stereotypes can really bring some fun in to whatever they are playing in. But it’s much better if you mix stereotypes together, like if you have a mad scientist riding a harley Davidson. Or a gang member who is also a loving father.

You can’t judge a book by its cover, because there are so many things that book could be, not just a surfer, or a lawyer. Although in some tv shows there are many normal stereotypes that you can guess because they are used many times over and over. Like Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother”.