Speech is a powerful tool that can be used to persuade, defend, communicate, manipulate, and more. Either the words being spoken, the tone and enthusiasm that they're spoken with, or both can be used to intrigue listeners. Politicians often use strategies to gain support of those who won't necessarily agree with the actual words being spoken. Poets, on the other hand, may convince readers without spoken word and simply through the elegance of their writing. Slam poetry, however, is arguably the most influential form of speech. When talented speakers convey powerful language, they seem to create the most impact. This blog will explore the influences of speeches in shaping history; specifically, the significance of poetry in bringing about change.
Questions being discussed in this blog...
What characteristics do persuasive speakers have? How has speech influence the course of history? How do politicians use speech to convey ideas and gain support? How has poetry been used to bring about change? Is speech a more powerful weapon than those that kill?
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Speeches Targeting Emotions
After watching Emma Watson's speech for her HeForShe campaign at the UN the other day, I was further intrigued by this topic. She spoke with poise, passion, and eloquence. Her speech made an impact and got very positive reactions. I began to contemplate what exactly is was about the way she presented herself that drew so much attention and furthered her cause. In my opinion, there a few different ways that speakers can present themselves to gain support. In politics, speakers will commonly use power and enthusiasm to interest listeners. What all of the most impactful speakers have in common is their ability to target someones emotions. Using logical information may be the best way to get people to believe in a cause, but to create a reaction, one must reach a viewer on a more personal level. This is something that the most powerful speakers throughout history have all done.