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Public Speaking Vocab

Subject : soft-skills
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1. Testimony from people who are recognized experts in their fields

2. The pattern of sound in a pattern created by the choice and arrangement of words

3. The credibility of a speaker at the end of a speech

4. Words that refer to tangible objects

5. A word or phrase that indicates when a speaker has finished one thought and is moving on to another

6. The way objects enter or exit a powerpoint slide

7. A detailed outline developed during the process of speech preparation that includes the title - specific purpose - central idea - introduction - main points - subpoints - connectives - conclusion - and bibliography of a speech

8. A search engine that combines interent technology with traditional library methods cataloguing and assessing data

9. Communication based on a person's use of voice and body - rather than on the use of words

10. The middle number in a group of numbers arranged from highest to lowest

11. A hormone released into the bloodstream in response to physical or mental stress.

12. A word or phrase that connects the ideas of a speech and indicates the relationship between them

13. Anxiety over the prospect of giving a speech in front of an audience.

14. A systematic series of actions that leads to a specific result or product

15. A brief - often humorous - ceremonial speech - presented after a meal - that offers a message without asking for radical changes

16. Controlled nervousness that helps energize a speaker for her or his presentation

17. Reasoning in which a speaker compares two similar cases and infers that what is true for the first case is also true for the second

18. An explicit comparison - introduced with the word 'like' or 'as' between things that are essentially different yet have something in common

19. A persuasive speech design that proceeds by arousing attention - demonstrating a need - satisfying the need - visualizing results - and calling for action

20. The materials used to support a speaker's ideas. the three major kinds of supporting materials are examples - statistics - and testimony

21. Numerical data

22. To restate or summarize an author's ideas in one's own words

23. A very brief statement that indicates where a speaker is in the speech or that focuses attention on key ideas

24. A list of all the sources used in preparing a speech

25. The sum of a person's knowledge - experience - goals - values - and attitudes. No two people can have exactly the same frame of reference.

26. A research aid that catalogues articles from a large number of journals or magazines

27. A speech designed to convey knowledge and understanding

28. A method of organizing persuasive speeches in which the first main point deals with the existence of a problem and the second main point presents a solution to the problem

29. A variety of a language distinguished by variations of accent - grammer - or vocabulary

30. Stealing ideas or language from two or three sources and passing them off as one's own.

31. A trite or overused expression

32. A graph that highlights segments of a circle to show simple distribution patterns

33. Quotations or paraphrases used to support a point

34. A question about whether a specific course of action should or should not be taken

35. The name used by aristotle for the logical appeal of a speaker the two major elements of logos are evidence and reasoning.

36. A statement of the similarities among two or more people events ideas etc

37. A method of generating ideas for speech topics by free association of words and ideas.

38. The obligation facing a persuasive speaker to prove that a change from current policy is necessary

39. The branch of philosophy that deals with issues of right and wrong in human affairs.

40. A persuasive speech in which the speaker's goal is to convince the audience that a given policy is desirable without encouraging the audience to take action in support of the policy

41. A statement of the differences among two or more people events ideas etc

42. The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas - usually in parallel structure

43. A belief - theory - idea - notion - principle - or the like

44. Mental imaging in which a speaker vividly pictures himself or herself giving a successful presentation

45. A question about the worth - rightness - morality - and so forth of an idea or action

46. A speech of tribute that recognizes achievements of the award recipient - explains the nature of the award - and describes why the recipient qualifies for the award

47. The materials used to support a speaker's ideas. the three major kinds of supporting materials are examples - statistics - and testimony

48. Reasoning that seeks to establish the relationship between causes and effects

49. Creating an oversimplified image of a particular group of people - usually by assuming that all members of the group are alike.

50. A constant pitch or tone of voice