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7: Incorporating Evidence into Your Speech

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    Learning Objectives

    After reading this chapter, the student will be able to:

    • Explain why supporting materials are necessary;

    • List the various types of verbal supporting materials;
    • Discuss supporting material strengths in explaining and proving ideas and arguments;
    • Incorporate supporting materials seamlessly into the speech;
    • Use supporting materials ethically through correct citation;
    • Explain how perception and attention affect the speech-giving process

    • 7.1: Why Supporting Materials are Needed
      This chapter is about supporting materials: what they are, what they do, and how to use them effectively. But you have already been thinking about how to support your ideas when you were researching and crafting a central idea and main points.
    • 7.2: Types of Supporting Materials
      Essentially, there are seven types of supporting materials: examples, narratives, definitions, descriptions, historical and scientific fact, statistics, and testimony. Each provides a different type of support, and you will want to choose the supporting materials that best help you make the point you want to get across to your audience.
    • 7.3: Attention Factors and Supporting Materials
      In this section, we will look more deeply at attention and how you can use supporting materials to keep the audience’s attention in addition to the important functions of clarifying and proving ideas.

    7: Incorporating Evidence into Your Speech is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Kris Barton & Barbara G. Tucker.

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