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Reminder to Myself as I Start This Journey

Once Upon a Time, college me took a public speaking course.

 

Tangent: It turns out that I'm very good at speaking off the cuff or at reading a script, and absolutely abysmal at memorizing and regurgitating a monologue. Size of audience means nothing to me. Something about having to perfectly recite something from memory violently triggers my stage fright.


My introspection since has lead me to the conclusion that one of my biggest fears is being demonstrably wrong. Memorizing something gives me ample opportunity to be demonstrably wrong and leaves me a literal puddle of quivering, hyperventilating, crying mess.

 

In this public speaking course I learned that there are four main types of speeches: Informative, Demonstrative, Persuasive, and Entertaining.


When I wrote the first draft of my first post, I realized that I had messed up. I had written what my opinion was, but not why that was my opinion. I went back and added a lot of explanation and was much happier with what I came up with.


When I started writing this blog, I just started writing train of thought, and not necessarily thinking about the things I should think about as a writer (and I know better). So this is a reminder that while this blog is very informal and written in mostly a journal format, that these are the things I should keep in mind while writing it:


Audience:

  • My primary intended audience is my open-minded friends and family who are looking to understand me and my thoughts.

  • My secondary audience is people who are looking to see other people's opinions in order to better flesh out their own theories.

  • I am not looking to interact with people who just want to argue about why I'm wrong.

  • I don't mind interacting with the other what-ifers out there.

Purpose:

  • My primary purpose is to inform

  • My secondary purpose is to entertain

  • I am not trying to persuade.

  • ...I don't think I'm trying to demonstrate...?


Since the primary purpose is to inform, I'm going to go back over what an informational speech should include:


Source: https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-communications/chapter/introduction-to-informative-speaking/#:~:text=This%20type%20of%20speech%20uses,a%20different%20point%20of%20view. It's been a while since college... Sorry Professor Cisneros.


This type of speech uses descriptions, demonstrations, vivid detail, and definitions to explain a subject, person, or place the audience wants to understand.


OK. Good things to keep in mind.


The main goal of an informative speech is to provide enlightenment regarding a specific topic the audience knows nothing about.


I don't think my intended audience is coming from a place of zero knowledge, but acting as if they do may make my posts more understandable, so it's a safe bet to act like it.


An informative speech makes a complex topic easy to understand or offers a different point of view.


I think in pretty simple language, but I should be careful to watch out for my more zig-zaggy thoughts. Reading my drafts out loud will help me see how easy my thoughts are to understand.


Unlike persuasive speeches, an informative speech relies less on pathos (emotion) and more on communicating information.


I don't think that last point really rings true in this setting since my information is on a personal level and mostly about what I feel.


The goal of this type of speech isn’t to sway the audience to the speaker’s point of view. Instead, the details need to be laid before the audience so that they can make an educated decision or learn about a subject they are interested in.


YES! This!


The main types of informative speeches include definition, descriptive, explanatory, and demonstrative.


So thinking specifically about my format, I should plan to include

  • (Definition) Exactly what my opinion is

  • (Explanatory) An explanation which fully details that opinion

  • (Descriptive) Backstory on where I got the idea and/or how it developed

  • (Demonstrative) Reasons why I hold that opinion or examples of when and how the opinion effected my life.

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