Q1. Thinking about the nature of your topic of interest, how do you foresee which type of organizational method (e.g. chronological, causal, problem-solution, etc.) of your main points would be most appropriate? Discuss your reasons for your choice.
The type of organizational method that is appropriate for my chosen topic on the protection of environment is the combination of causal and problem-solution. I think that the chronological method cannot be applicable to my topic. I would say that it is causal because I want to show to my audience the causes of the environmental problems which we encounter today. I wish to share with them the factors which contributes to the deteriorating environmental condition all over the world. The problem-solution organizational method is also very appropriate for the chosen topic because I will state the problem first in the initial part of the speech. The problem is the worsening condition of our environment. Towards the end the speech, I will present the possible solutions to the problems that confront the environment today. I will be suggesting ways on how each one can contribute to the solution of the problem.
Q2. Listen to the introductory part of a speech. (You can go to www.youtube.com, www.ted.com or other sources listed in Lesson 2.) Describe why you think the introduction of the speech/speaker you chose achieved what an introduction should do in a speech.
The introductory part of this speech by Amy Cuddy is very effective in getting the attention of the audience . She achieved this by connecting to the audience at once by involving them in an activity on body language. Another way she captured the audience’s attention is by showing pictures of known personalities doing funny body languages. The video of President Obama with the Prime Minister really got the interest of the viewers because it was humorous. The speaker’s sense of humor contributed greatly to convince the audience that her speech will not be boring but instead be very interesting. The listeners were able to relate at once with the topic because Ms. Cuddy stimulated their emotions through the funny pictures and video. She also uses questions to rouse the audience’s interest on the topic. Furthermore, the speaker uses body language to emphasize clearly her points. Ms. Cuddy is appropriately dressed and appears to be very confident and knowledgeable about the topic.
Cuddy, A. (2012, June). Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are. Retrieved from ted.com: http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html