Connecting With Your Audience
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This chapter explains what nonverbal behavior the speaker can exhibit to further ensure connecting with his audience. It is primarily through the ability for both speaker and audience to connect that public speaking sets itself apart from other modes of communication. Although both speaker and audience would never readily admit that they would purposely erect barriers, any barriers that would impede the smooth flow of information, in actuality, barriers surface at all stages of speech preparation and delivery. A speaker who does not connect, but, instead, erects barriers, is also hiding behind that "fourth wall". There are several types of barriers that can hamper the ready acceptance of a message. Not only are there physical barriers, but also mental, emotional, and technological barriers. Listening actively becomes a catalyst for ensuring the message is received, without forcing the listeners to vault over hurdles or navigate insurmountable barriers.