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.
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.