Comm. Studies 2221
Spring 2013Competent Communicator
Communication is such an integral part of all of life's relationships. Therefore being a competent communicator is essential in presenting an effective speech to your audience. For my assessment of a competent communicator, I chose Joel Osteen. He is a minister from Houston, Texas, that broadcasts worldwide. I usually do not watch any type of religious programs or speakers, but there is something about him and his way of speaking that is truly captivating. So after watching him several times, I started to look at just exactly what he did from beginning to end in his program when he spoke. In the following paragraphs, I will address all of the components or his speaking and what I believe makes him a competent communicator, as well as my experience with taking on some of these communication skills.
First of all, he always starts with an ice breaker. He tells a joke or story at the beginning of his program. This is very effective. It helps draw in the audience. It captures the attention of the people, which is very important to get them interested and focused before he actually delivers his message. The next thing I noticed was he is very clear and organized. He knows what his message is and sticks to it. He is specific about what he is talking about and sticks to the point of what it is that he is speaking about. He does not stray from his message, but he sticks to the general idea or message he is trying to get across. Another effective tool he uses is word choice. Words are powerful. They convey your message and influence the audience and its perception of you. Word choice and arrangement need just as much attention as speech organization and purpose. His messages are clear, accurate, descriptive and he uses short words that are easy to understand. He does not jump all over the place from topic to topic and he does not use a lot of jargon or slang when he speaking. Also,...