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Talking In Public: a Critical Analysis of Joyce Meyer Speech “What Is the Problem?".

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TALKING IN PUBLIC: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF JOYCE MEYERS' SPEECH "WHAT IS THE REAL PROBLEM?" INTRODUCTION Cicero, the renown ancient Roman sage once said: "In an orator we must demand the thought of a philosopher, the subtlety of a magician, a diction almost poetic, a lawyer's memory, the voice of a tragedian and the consummate bearing of an actor." Much as it may seem daunting, the art of public speaking incorporates, in varying degree, all the qualities espoused by Cicero. On the other hand, Anne Nicholson opined in her book that: "A good speaker does not need to necessarily know a lot about the subject, but he must be passionate and enthusiastic about the subject in order to be convincing." (How to Master Public Speaking - How to Books Limited, 2nd Edition 2000) The art of speaking, an essentially human activity, is a powerful and dynamic mode of communication. If employed by the most adept and skillful orator, it could be a catalyst of immense change and far-reaching reaction. Public speaking is very much an art, a skill that can be learned and mastered like any other. Although some people may be naturally better equipped for the role of public speaking by virtue of their innate personality trait. Nonetheless, a truly effective public speaker learns the craft and applies certain techniques that are essentially derived from experience, learning, and practice. Public speaking can be analogise as follows: The speech - the itinerary of a journey The audience - the people the speaker is trying to take with him/her Objective - the destination TECHNIQUES OF TALKING IN PUBLIC The major golden rules in the art of public speaking are: Know your audience (the passengers) ...read more.

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Critique: Much as Joyce tried to mentally depict the magnitude, quality, and the awesome value of the "crown jewel"; it is possible that a cross section of her audience would have failed to grasp the propensity of the impression she tried to recreate. Since the audience is essentially American, the probability is that a vast majority of them would not have been privileged to see the queen jewel. A more American experience would have had a common and deep-seated impact on the audience. Sound bites, Claptrap and Musicality of Voice: Highly skillful speakers always employ a combination of techniques to trigger or prompt a response from their audience. Seasoned speakers could use a combination of two to three inducing speech techniques in the same breath of statement. When used alone or in a surging sequence, they act as 'landmarks' for the speaker to ascertain his performance via the level of accolade and response which this triggers from the audience. They are like a guidepost to the speaker to verify if he is on the right track to the 'promised land' and of course, if the multitude are still with him. J.Meyer: Being a professional preacher and a seasoned public speaker, Joyce deployed these techniques on several occasion with astounding ease and to a magnificent effect. Occasionally, she used one or two of the techniques in isolation but in two remarkable instances she used a combination of these techniques on the trot. Expectedly, the audience accorded her a thundering acclamation and ovation. "What we think is the problem is not really the problem, and what we really like to be the problem is not the problem" "The thing we've got to understand is, God does not have a money problem. ...read more.

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She made her human existential circumstances fundamentally synonymous with that of every individual within the audience - women especially. Hear her: "If you've got a problem with my rhine stone, you'll be very uncomfortable in heaven. . ." And after taunting the audience with the idea of 'fur coat offering and diamond gold offering' she conclusively said: "I certainly hope God does not ask me to do that: he'll have to make a personal appearance" Above all, Joyce was passionate, enthusiastic and convincing. Her passion was indeed infectious and she conveyed the depth and the substance of her conviction to her audience in an unequivocal manner. She entreated her audience 'to go talking to' their prized possessions: ". . . say to that fur coat you've got: I like you but I don't love you . . . I can't take you with me. I'm going to enjoy you here but I don't know for sure if I'd get to keep you all my life. And if God ask me to give you away; then bye-bye!" Outline Title Introduction: I. The first sub-topic A. First supporting information for the sub-topic 1. Detail of the information 2. Detail of the information B. Second supporting information for the sub-topic 1. Detail of the information 2. Detail of the information II. The second sub-topic A. First supporting information for the sub-topic 1. Detail of the information 2. Detail of the information B. Second supporting information for the sub-topic 1. Detail of the information 2. Detail of the information III. The third sub-topic A. First supporting information for the sub-topic 1. Detail of the information 2. Detail of the information B. Second supporting information for the sub-topic 1. Detail of the information 2. Detail of the information Conclusion: Report Title First paragraph. All paragraphs in the body of the report are indented and double-spaced. Additional paragraphs. ...read more.

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