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Critical Analysis Of John Edwin May´S Speech

1357 words - 5 pages

I attended John Edwin May’s speech about wrestling. I was excited to attend this speech, because growing up I idolized many of the wrestlers on television. I was expecting to learn some new and interesting facts. Sadly there was nothing spectacular about this speech, at least nothing I did not already know. Although John May’s speech was good, there was room for improvement in many areas.
To improve the speech, John could have made sure his attention grabber was at the beginning of his speech. He introduced himself and began to speak his topic. Although, he did finally use one, about ten minutes into his speech, it was not as effective. If he started his speech with this brilliant idea and setup, this would have helped him deliver his speech a little easier. However, the misplacement of his attention grabber did not ruin his speech but would have truly helped. In the handbook, it goes over attention-getter. An attention-getter should be short, sweet, and make an attempt to efficiently capture their audience’s attention (179).
One of the high points was the speaker used going to the theatres and playing video games as a way to make wrestling relevant to his audience. Although video games and movies are fake, people are willing to spend time and money on them. Whereas, people refuse to spend time and money for wrestling, because they say it is fake. Although his point of view carries merit, people also seem to grow out of wrestling when they discover that their childhood hero is a phony. His topic was not an ill choice, because people decided to go to this speech, but he could have made it more relevant to the masses (63-72). He did great with analyzing his audience. Once he knew what jokes and stories the audience liked, he continued with them. The speaker should constantly be looking throughout his or her audience and seeing their reactions and playing off of those (72-79).
Another mistake John made was that his speech made no sense and followed no formal outline. The speaker began his speech with a dull title and the attention grabber was too late. With the lack of direction, the speech was hard to follow. During his introduction, he just stated his topic and title, but no thesis and no preview of main points; because of the poor organization of his introduction, I was lost from the beginning. The only thing that kept this speech interesting was the photos and the stories associated with them. Sadly, this was also an issue; it made his speech seem more like a grandmother and grandfather showing a slide show than a speech. His speech did not show the characteristics of an informative or persuasive, but it could have been entertainment. If it was an entertainment speech, it may have made sense at that point. Organizing a speech is probably the most important thing a person should do while preparing their speech. It will not only help them outline their speech, but it will also help when they give their speech orally. Organization is vital so...

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