Infamy Speech Public speaking is an art form that takes time and practice to perfect. Some people are more inclined than others at getting their message across to an audience effectively. There are many different types of speeches but the outline and the main points that you need to touch on stay relatively the same. To keep an audience’s attention and to effectively get a main topic across, a format should be followed. The format is going to consist of an introduction.
The introduction works as an ice breaker and gives the audience an idea of what you will be speaking about and if done correctly will grab their attention. Following the introduction will be the main body of the speech. Your ideas and points will be delivered in this portion. The final portion of your speech will be the conclusion. The conclusion will wrap up your main ideas and restate them to the audience. Upon completion of the conclusion your ideas and main points should be well understood. If the outline of a speech is followed, your ideas should flow easily from one to another.
Not following a general format can confuse you and your audience. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had many successful speeches during his presidency. A lot of these speeches have become famous and his tactics are still used as a basis to address the nation today. To today’s standards, President Roosevelt’s speeches were lacking in certain areas, but where he fell short he made up in a down to earth feel that appealed to many Americans. President Roosevelt was the first president to regularly address the nation through the radio.
He started a weekly tradition of “fireside chats”, where he would state his opinions and ideas almost on a face to face basis with the citizens. On December 8, 1941 President Roosevelt addressed the nation. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt’s demeanor from the start of his speech set the tone for the entire final portion. The opening sentence was given slowly and President Roosevelt annunciated every word, brining home the feeling that something huge had happened. When Pearl Harbor was attacked outrage spread through the U.
S.. Despite this, President Roosevelt took a different tactic in his speech to convey the graveness of the situation and the outrage of the nation. At no point in time did President Roosevelt let his emotions get the best of him and still you could feel the emotion through his restrained words. President Roosevelt’s speech was delivered to the nation over the radio, this was another obstacle he had to overcome. The quality of the transmission wasn’t perfect, but his slow steady pace and emphasis on his main points made the speech flow smoothly.
To have the listeners understand the situation better, he stated a timeline of events that led up to the attack. Giving background information did two things. It enabled the citizens to better understand what led up to the attack and our countries position as well as prepared the nation for the declaration of war that was soon to come. Showing confidence and knowledge about what you are speaking about plays a large role in how the audience portrays the speaker. In a time of crisis President Roosevelt remained cool, calm, and collected and spoke with confidence.
His demeanor played a huge part in how the public reacted to the event. The overall goal of any speech is to get you main points across to an audience that may or may not have knowledge of a subject. President Roosevelt’s speech was executed perfectly in almost every aspect. His main ideas were emphasized and he grabbed the attention of the nation. The infamy speech is a prime example of how a speech may not fit the mold but all in all is successful. Alexander EldessokyPublic SpeakingDr. Phair