A “Must” for Good Public Speaking


  1. David Henderson
    Sep 27, 2011

    My speech teacher in college taught me this. She used the word exigence. The purpose of the opening statement is to create a need to listen on the part of the audience. I try to use this principle every week in my preaching. Thank you Dr. Bailey for being such a good example in this area.

  2. waylon
    Sep 27, 2011

    Great comment. Thanks for helping us understand this principle. You really do have to understand why you “need” to listen. That is the job of the speaker.

  3. […] Second, practice your introduction and conclusion. These are the most important parts of your speech. You can read my discussion of the beginning and the ending here.  http://waylonbailey.com/2011/09/a-must-for-good-public-speaking/. […]

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