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Day in and day out we are exposed to different types of speakers On television we see reporters announcers and talk show hosts At school we encounter guest speakers and professors We may not be asking ourselves if he or she is an effective speaker but unintentionally we are We need to have effective speakers in order for us to understand what is happening now and what has happened in the past And also to learn about the old and the new There are several things to look for in an effective speaker Some characteristics are personal presentation knowledge of material use of language clarity and projection and the ability to connect with the audience Consequently all those characteristics have an association with one another In almost every situation when you are presenting yourself the first thing that an audience looks at is your appearance The way you present yourself and the body language you use accounts for how the audience perceives you For example in the videotaped motivational speech viewed in class the speaker was dressed in formal attire If the speaker were wearing torn up denim jeans and a stained T-shirt the audience would not have perceived him to be informative because of the unprofessional garments Why would someone want to listen to a person who does not appear to know what he or she is speaking about Being knowledgeable of the material is also essential to being an effective speaker As mentioned before no one wants to listen to a person who is not well informed Giving speeches should add credentials to your character One of the main objectives I learned in freshman composition was to identify whether or not the author was credible The same procedure goes forth in defining an effective speaker It is basically common sense you cannot inform others if you do not fully understand what you are informing about Language has a prominent role in
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