[Unitedwespeak] Upcoming club competition - qualify for the Western
Region Speaking Competition in Las Vegas, NV
Bob.Sipp at bankofamerica.com
Fri Jul 18 16:33:33 PDT 2003
To my fellow United We Speak members:
The 2003 Western Region Speaking Competition will be held Friday, September 26, 2003, in Las Vegas, NV. Full details are provided below.
We will be having a club competition sometime in the first two weeks of August. The winner of our club competition will attend the regional competition, at the expense of Team Bank of America.
I am trying to get a feel for the number of people who are interested in competing, and where they are located (315? 1455?). It will help the other officers and I figure out the best place and time for our club competition.
If you are interested in competing in the club competition, please let me know as soon as possible.
United We Speak
Theme: "Living the Spirit"
Host Network: Summerlin Sounders Speaking Network
Silver State Team
Location: Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Keynote Speaker: Liam McGee
President, California Consumer Bank
Speech Development is the way the speaker puts ideas together
so the audience can understand them. The speech is structured
around a purpose, and this structure must include an opening,
body and conclusion. A good speech immediately engages the
audience's attention and then moves forward toward a
significant conclusion. This development of the speech
structure is supported by relevant examples and illustrations,
facts and figures, delivered with such smoothness that they
blend into the framework of the speech to present the audience
with a unified whole.
Effectiveness is measured in part by the audience's reception
of the speech, but a lart part is your subjective judgement
of how the speech came across. You should ask yourself such
questions as "Was I able to determine the speaker's purpose?"
"Did the speech relate directly to that purpose?" "Was the
audience's interest held by the speaker?" "Was this speech
subject appropriate for this particular audience?"
Speech Value justifies the act of speaking. The speaker has
a responsibility to say something meaningful and original to
the audience. The listeners should feel the speaker has made
a contribution to their thinking. The ideas should be
important ones, although this does not preclude a humorous
presentation of them.
Physical presentation of a speech carries part of the
responsibility for effective communication. The speaker's
appearance should reinforce the speech, whether profound,
sad, humorous, instructional. Body language should support
points through gestures, expressions and body poositioning.
Voice is the sound that carries the message. It should be
flexible, movng from one pitch level to another for emphasis,
and should have a variety of rate and volume. A good voice
can be clearly heard and the words easily understood.
Manner is the indirect revelation of the speaker's real self
as the speech is delivered. The speaker should speak with
enthusiasm and assurance, showing intereset in the audience
and confidence in their reactions.
Appropriateness of language refers to the choice of words
that relate to the speech purpose and to the particular
audience hearing the speech. Language should promote
clear understanding of thoughts and should fit the
Correctness of language ensures that attention will be
directed toward what the speaker says, not how it is
said. Proper use of grammar and correct pronunciation
will show that the speaker is the master of the words
Please note that any bank employee can attend the competition,
but you must register in advance and the Team Bank of America
will only cover your travel expenses if you are the Everybody
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