Through this example, Barbara Bush gets her message through and entices good-natured laugh from her audience.
She mentions a “new best friend” who is a supposedly a member of the class, and identifies in many ways with the audience. She speaks of Wellesley ten years ago, establishing a common experience and familiarity; also, she establishes a link to the class of 1990 with her story of the class color – the color purple – and takes off from this to the prospects of the future.
Mrs. Bush’s tone is natural and conversational. While she duly acknowledges Mrs. Gorbachev as a guest, she does not put on airs about the important celebrities. Also, the simplicity of her message, to find joy for instance, is punctuated with her warm reference to her husband – a reference to family. She also gave the important points of her message in the form of her three most important choices in life. Her message on family is both natural and emphatic.
The story of “Giants, wizards and dwarfs” drives home the point that everyone in the audience is relevant, though they are diverse and “do not fit the boxes and the pigeonholes”, in a speech of the graduating class of the previous year.
Part 2: Discuss/explain the five methods of organizing content discussed in Chapter 4 AND how you plan to use AT LEAST TWO of these most effectively in your own speech: attention-getter, thesis/preview, transitions, closing statement.
1. Develop the body of your speech first – It is best to begin first by writing the body and leave the introduction for later. In this way, the speech is sure to revolve around the main message and not get carried away by the flowery introduction.
2. Clearly state your central idea – The central idea holds the speech to one focal point and creates a stronger impression on the audience. By concisely stating the central idea, the audience more effectively retains the