Public Speaking and Communication 1. Personal opinion on Public Speaking. Suggested answers: Public speaking means giving a speech to a group of people on a special occasion like Teacher’s Day, opening ceremony of an event, graduation. i) Nervous, self-conscious, butterflies in the stomach, scared; challenging, fun, confidence booster, empowering. ii) To be a more confident, fluent, effective public speaker; to gain confidence, improve the command of English, overcome the fear of speaking in front of an audience.
2. What should you do to give a good speech. Suggested answers: – write out the speech and memorise the script;- practice, practice, practice! – choose an interesting title; – make it short, funny and captivating; – speak clearly with a moderate speed; – use simple language and make sure one idea is connected to another naturally.
3. Ethics. Answers: i) Because speechmaking is a form of power, it carries with it heavy (ethical, sociological, psychological) responsibilities. ii) (Rhetoric, Ethics, Theology) is a branch of philosophy that deals with issues of right and wrong in human affairs.
iii) In public speaking, sound ethical decisions involved weighing a potential course of action against
A. a set of ethical standards of guidelines. B. the practicality of taking that course of action. C. a set of legal criteria for acceptable speech. D. the speaker’s goals in a given situation. iv) Which of the following violates the speaker’s ethical obligation to be honest in what she or he says? A. juggling statistics. B. quoting out of context.
C. citing unusual cases as typical examples. D. all of the above. v) Even though it is not easy to assess a speaker’s goals, it is still necessary to ask ethical questions about those goals. True / False
vi) The larger the audience becomes, the greater is the ethical responsibility of the speaker to be fully prepared.
4. Impromptu Speech: Self-introduction Suggested answer: Good morning to everyone. My name is John Ooi Teck Leong, you can call me John or my nickname TL. My hometown is Sitiawan, Perak. My parents run a small family business in town. I have an elder sister and two younger brothers. When I’m free, I like to hang out with my friends, play basketball and watch the TV. I come to UTAR because I want to become an accountant, and my parents believe UTAR is the right place for me.
In the future, I hope to become a successful accountant, run my own auditing firm, buy a big house for my family and travel around the world. That’s all, thank you! 5. Famous & influential speakers of the world. Suggested answers: Mahatma Gandhi – political & spiritual leader of India who fought for independence Aung San Suu Kyi – freedom fighter of Myanmar Sir Winston Spencer Churchill -Prime Minister of the U. K. during WWII John F. Kennedy – 35th President of the USA (1917-1963) Martin Luther King – civil rights activist, USA (1929-1968)