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What is the Purpose of Public Speaking?

Hi There today I am going to discuss What is the purpose of public speaking.

There are three general purposes that all speeches fall into: to inform, to persuade, and to entertain.

To Inform

The first general purpose that some people have for giving speeches is to inform. Simply put, this is about helping audience members acquire information that they do not already possess. Audience members can then use this information to understand something (e.g., speech on a new technology, speech on a new virus) or to perform a new task or improve their skills (e.g., how to swing a golf club, how to assemble a layer cake). The most important characteristic of informative topics is that the goal is to gain knowledge.

To Persuade

The second general purpose people can have for speaking is to persuade. When we speak to persuade, we attempt to get listeners to embrace a point of view or to adopt a behavior that they would not have done otherwise. A persuasive speech can be distinguished from an informative speech by the fact that it includes a call for action for the audience to make some change in their behavior or thinking.

To Entertain

The final general purpose people can have for public speaking is to entertain. Whereas informative and persuasive speech making is focused on the end result of the speech process, entertainment speaking is focused on the theme and occasion of the speech. An entertaining speech can be either informative or persuasive at its root, but the context or theme of the speech requires speakers to think about the speech primarily in terms of audience enjoyment.

This information has been compiled from the University of Minnesota Libraries “Driven to Discover”

For further information click here or go to http://open.lib.umn.edu/publicspeaking/chapter/6-1-general-purposes-of-speaking/

At NORTHSIDE TOASTMASTERS CLUB will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, home parent or retired, TOASTMASTERS is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. By learning to effectively formulate and express your ideas, you open up an entirely new world of possibilities. You’ll be more persuasive and confident when giving speeches and presentations, and you’ll improve your one-to-one dealings with others. All this, while enjoying yourself at the same time!

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Compiled by:
Noel Fraser
VP Education
Northside Toastmasters Club
Christchurch
NEW ZEALAND

Northside Toastmasters – What’s it all About

Toastmasters is a non-profit making educational organization. Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age.
Although we use fun and fellowship during our meetings and we do have a social side, NORTHSIDE TOASTMASTERS CLUB is not a social club.

Our club has a mixed membership of ages, abilities and experience from a variety of different backgrounds. We all have one thing in common- a shared desire to develop good oral communication, including being able to speak confidently in public, improve leadership skills, support our fellow club members to do the same and be able to enjoy ourselves in the process.
Toastmasters is a participation sport- all club members are encouraged to participate fully in club activities. This includes conducting meetings, impromptu speech making, prepared speeches and giving helpful evaluations. Every effort is made to give club members the opportunity to speak in some capacity at each meeting.
NORTHSIDE TOASTMASTERS CLUB will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, home parent or retired, TOASTMASTERS is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. By learning to effectively formulate and express your ideas, you open up an entirely new world of possibilities. You’ll be more persuasive and confident when giving speeches and presentations,  and you’ll improve your one-to-one dealings with others. All this, while enjoying yourself at the same time!

Further Information
There is an enormous (and bewildering) amount of information available on the history, background and benefits of Toastmasters.
A Google search will bring up around 2,000,000 sites. Take your pick!!
For a comprehensive guide, we recommend…
Toastmasters New Zealand ~ www.toastmasters.org.nz
Toastmasters International ~ www.toastmasters.org

These sites will give you excellent information about the Toastmaster Programmes.
These include…
Communication: Competent Communicator Award
Advanced Communicator Awards
Leadership:         Club Leadership

The Northside Toastmasters Team

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