PART I: SHORT RESPONSE
Write a response to the following prompt using proper APA Style.
Prompt: You will read a description of a speaking situation, make decisions about how to adjust the speech delivery based on the situation, and answer questions about your decisions.
Step 1: Review the information presented in Module 6 that explores speech delivery and how it should be modified based on the characteristics of the audience and other factors.
Step 2: Read the following description of a speaking situation:
You work as a technical support manager for a satellite television company. As part of a company-sponsored tuition reimbursement program, you are also attending college courses part time and pursuing a degree in communications. Your Human Resources representative asks you to give a presentation to a group of people at an upcoming career fair. The HR manager is interested in you helping motivate potential applicants to apply for part-time positions that pay a relatively low hourly wage and include only limited benefits. This is exactly the type of position you accepted when you first started with the company. The job fair will be held in a part of the city with a relatively low unemployment rate. The people attending are likely to come from middle- to upper middle-class families. The people who attend the career fair from upper middle-class families are used to getting what they want without too much effort; therefore, they may not be able to relate directly to the persistence you showed to work your way from a part-time low-paying position into a higher-paying one that includes benefits. The ones from middle-class families may relate more to your personal story. You can’t gather all the characteristics of all the career fair attendees in advance, but you do know that the way in which you explain the advantages of working for the satellite television company and the type of language you use will affect the attendees’ decision on whether or not to apply for a position with the company.
Step 3: Write a paragraph or more to answer each of the following questions related to this speaking situation:
- When you state you thesis, how will you phrase it to avoid negative reactions from potential applicants who are expecting more pay and better benefits when they first start with the company?
- What language strategies would you use in your speech to make it sound more appealing to the entire group?
- What techniques could you use to establish common ground with everyone in the audience?
- How would you change your speech delivery if the audience consisted mostly of low-income mothers trying to enter or re-enter the workforce?
Step 4: Save and submit your document. Remember to use proper APA Style.
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PART II: SPEECH
Modules 5 through 8 Homework Assignments will be a continuation of the speech process. You will construct your speech by answering the following prompt, which will be given at the beginning of each homework assignment. This is a step-by-step process. As long as you read the textbook, read the online material, and complete the activities, you will not encounter much difficulty.
Prompt: The Internet is home to worldwide content, which can be informational and sometimes controversial. Should the Internet be censored by the government? Develop a persuasive speech that argues for or against having the government censor the Internet. You will construct a traditional, five-paragraph speech (introductory paragraph, 3 body paragraphs, concluding paragraph) that answers this prompt. The total length of pages should not exceed 3 typed pages.
1. Continuing from Module 5 Homework Assignment, take out your outline and reread your position and reasons.
2. Based on your outline, write a thesis statement. Your thesis statement should state the reason why you ultimately chose your position.
3. You will now construct an introductory paragraph by using the model below:
A. Attention Getting: opening line that attracts the audience’s attention
B. Supply any interesting background information that will make the audience better understand the issue and why it is important
C. Thesis statement: State your position and why you chose your position
4. You will turn in the introductory paragraph (in paragraph form, not outline form).
Remember to use proper APA formatting: Times New Roman, 12-point, and double-spaced.
Here is an example of an introduction:
*Please note that the following introduction is different in content from the introduction you are writing. This is just an example of how your work should look like when you turn it in.*
A. Shopping online may be more convenient for some; however, nothing can truly replace shopping in an actual store.
B. Most believe that shopping online can save time, but when buying certain items, it may be best to visit the actual store and try the product out beforehand. Many times, online policies can be difficult to comprehend, especially in regards to returning merchandise.
C. The traditional way of shopping is more efficient than online shopping because a product can be tried out before being purchased, the price can be determined accurately, and physical activity is involved in the process.
Shopping online may be more convenient for some; however, nothing can truly replace shopping in an actual store. Most believe that shopping online can save time, but when buying certain items, it may be best to visit the actual store and try the product out beforehand. Many times, online policies can be difficult to comprehend, especially in regards to returning merchandise. The traditional way of shopping is more efficient than online shopping because a product can be tried out before being purchased, the price can be determined accurately, and physical activity is involved in the process.