Why Public Speaking?
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Public speaking itself is a vast enterprise that includes a host of considerations from message design and delivery to much more, all reflecting the rhetorical tradition from the ancients to modern times. While speaking in public, the speaker constantly alters the message to adjust to audience sensibilities, the communicative setting, and perceived audience needs. Other media, such as videotapes, CDs, DVDs, and television and teleconferencing enable the speaker to disseminate their message to an almost infinite number of listeners. The visual accompanies and reinforces the aural part of the message: the speaker can make avail of the nonverbal dimension of communication. A speaker who injects humor, especially situational humor, into the speech and, preferably off the cuff spontaneously, shows how he sees the very words and ideas conveyed while injecting a bit of irony. Humor prompted by irony enables the audience to see more than one facet of the whole.