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ATTITUDE Your  speech  reveals  how  you  feel  about what  you  say.  It  has  an  emotional  impact  on others.  Thus,  emotion  indicates  how  you  feel about   all   that   surrounds   you--it   shows   your attitude. Attitude affects the words you use. The four   specific   indicators   of   a   good   speaking attitude  are  sincerity,  confidence,  enthusiasm, and humor. Sincerity, from the speaker’s point of view, is  the  apparent  earnest  desire  to  convince  the audience of the truth and value of an idea. The two sources of sincerity are a personal, intense belief in your subject and a belief in the value of your subject to your listeners. The first of these sources is ideal because intense personal belief is natural sincerity that shows in your every word or gesture. The second source is more rational than emotional. If you know your teaching material is valuable, you will present it in an honest and forthright manner. You will not rely on gimmicks  or  questionable  reasoning  to make your presentation look good. By showing that you believe in what you say, you convince your students of the importance of the subject. Sincerity shows in a number of ways: directness of manner, facial expressions, clarity of explanation, proper combination of humility and authority, and the effective use of the voice and body to reinforce and emphasize ideas. Remember that students must see, hear, and feel that you believe in what you say. Confidence is a personal attitude or feeling of assurance. It is belief in your ability to perform a task well. To be confident and control stage fright requires two prerequisites: knowledge of the subject and belief in your ability to speak. You obtain knowledge of a subject through research and study. Belief in your ability comes from rehearsal and experience. These requirements are entirely up to you to accomplish in your own way. ENTHUSIASM Enthusiasm   is   the   outward   manifestation   of   sincerity   and   confidence.   From   the   speaker’s standpoint, enthusiasm is a strong personal excitement or feeling about a cause or a subject . Enthusiasm is not shouting; it is not phony, overdramatic speech ; it is not waving of the arms  and  leaping  about  on  the  platform.  Rather,  it  is  the  way  you  show  your  belief  in  your subject! How you show enthusiasm is governed by your personality. If you are a vigorous and dynamic person, you may show enthusiasm by brisk, energetic movement; sweeping gestures; a rapid rate of speech; widely-varying inflection; and plenty of vocal force. If you have a more subdued  nature,  you  will  move  and  gesture  with less energy and speak in more measured 42

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