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You have to make sure your goals are ethically sound and tha

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Rebecca Reams

on 6 April 2016

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Transcript of You have to make sure your goals are ethically sound and tha

Let's design an "Audience Bill of Rights"
What should we expect from ethical speakers so that we are respected as audience members?

Think back on past speeches.

Come up with at least 10.
What are ethics?
Ethics are the branch of philosophy that deals with issues of right and wrong in human affairs.
Ethics in Public Speaking?
"In an ideal world, all public speakers would be truthful and devoted to the good of society." -Plato
The parent must decide how to deal with an unruly child who got sent home from school for bad behavior.
The student must decide on whether to say anything about a friend he saw cheating.
The shopper must decide on whether to return the extra $5 she mistakenly got from the cashier.
Hitler is an example of an unethical speaker.
"He was so persuasive he was able to get people excited to follow his ideology and not only support, but commit horrifying acts. "
Where are public speaking ethics important?
business meetings
religious services
Do you have the following ethics in your
Audience Bill of Rights?
1. The speaker shall have ethically sound goals.
Reasonable people with well defined standards of right and wrong can reasonably disagree. But you must ask yourself if your goals agree with universal morals.
2. The speaker shall be fully prepared for the speech.
Bill of Rights
"The speaker who makes a bad 30 minutes speech in front of 200 people wastes only and hour and a half of his time. But, that speaker wastes 100 hours of the audience's time."
Bill of Rights
3. The speaker shall be honest.

The basis of communication comes from the assumption that words and people will be truthful.
Bill of Rights
4. The speaker shall not plagiarize.
Passing words, idea or research off as your own is certainly not honest.
Bill of Rights
5. The speaker shall not use
too much emotion.
We are trying to avoid the "boomerang effect."
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6. The speaker shall not any fallacies.
Language meant to demean or degrade individuals, groups or things mean that you are relying on putdowns instead of strong reasoning.
This kind of speech is called
We want to be genuinely interested in the welfare of our listeners.
Even paraphrasing needs to be cited!
For example:
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