1. What are support materials? Why is it important to use support materials in addition to your own opinions and knowledge? Supporting materials are the materials used to support a speaker’s ideas. The three major kinds are examples, statistics and testimony. Strong supporting evidence is needed to get the listeners to believe what your speech is about.
2. Define brief examples, extended examples, and hypothetical examples and give an example of each kind. Brief examples is a specific case referred to in passing to illustrate a point. One example given was how Roger Charter lost his feet and how he now has new feet made of a springy plastic alloy that help him walk and run. Extended example is a story narrative or anecdote developed at some length to illustrate a point. Tell a story to pull the listener into the speech such as how the European girl who was in the lead to win the Olympics fell, hurt her leg, yet still got up and walked away showing her strength. Hypothetical examples is an example that describes an imaginary or fictitious situation. When talking about the honor codes to reduce cheating, you could say imagine you are taking an exam and notice the student beside you looking at your answers. You have no idea what to do.
3. Discuss the six tips for using statistics that are mentioned in the textbook. Use statistics to quantify your ideas. The main value of statistics is to five your ideas numerical precisions. Use statistics sparingly. Using to many can make your speech boring. Identify the sources of your statistics. Make sure to say where you got the information from, so it is believable. Explain your statistics. Interpret and relate to the listeners. Large numbers can be hard to visualize. Round off complicated statistics. Long numbers can be too complicated to be readily understood by listeners. Use visual aids to clarify statistical trends. They can save time and make your statistics easier to comprehend.
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