Effective Speech

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Crystal Sotelo
Public Speaking
November 18, 2012
Effective Speech
President Obama and John F. Kennedy are both effective speakers. I will critique President Obama’s Tucson Memorial Speech and John F. Kennedy’s Moon Speech. However, the speech of Obama was more effective than John F. Kennedy’s speech. An effective speech should have a public speaker who will either, persuade, inform, or entertain their audience. The public speaker should also have good eye contact with his/her audience, be confident, use transition words to evaluate the speech, good body language, include personal experience or stories, and also the tone and speed of your voice should be on point. During, John, F, Kennedy’s speech of the moon, he barely showed eye contact. Towards the end of his speech he looked down for about a good ten seconds. As if he wasn’t as confident because of his tone of voice. For example, at the end of his speech he made a run-on sentence by rushing saying, “thank you”. Therefore, his conclusion of his speech should have had a change of voice (louder) so I could feel he was proud to embark in this new adventure and the blessings of God. John F. Kennedy’s body language wasn’t as bad but wasn’t ok either. In my opinion, he should have used fewer movements in his arms. However, President Obama did an excellent job in eye contact, with good body language, and adding some details into his speech made it emotional. President Obama’s speech was held at the Tucson Memorial Service in Tucson, Arizona. John F. Kennedy’s speech was held at the Rice Stadium in Rice University in Houston, Texas. In my opinion, John F Kennedy had a bigger audience; however, both speakers used podiums, stood alone, and used the microphone. In addition, both speakers opened with an introduction greeting the audience and stated their reason why they were there. President Obama opened his introduction by saying “…I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels...
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