Public speaking is a form of empowerment allowing us to speak our minds and deliver our message. That is why when preparing for a speech it is very imperative to be sure that we are ethically speaking. As our textbook implies when we have our audience’s attention, we can influence, as well as convince people to act. Moreover, with this form of power certainly comes responsibility for your message, such as to speak the truth, to disclose one’s purposes, always give proper recognition to all sources used, to respond to others, to listen, and to understand.
Furthermore, our society seems to hold trust in those who speak with a solid grasp of the subject, display reasoning skills, are honest and unmanipulative, and most importantly speakers who are genuinely interested in the welfare of their listeners. In fact, although there is the First Amendment assuring and protecting freedom of speech, there are still certain types of speech that are actually illegal this form a speech is highly recommended to avoid at all cost such as, speech that provokes people to violence (“incitement” or “fighting words”), Speech that can be proved to be defamatory, or a false statement that potentially harms an individual’s reputation at work or in the community, Speech that invades a person’s privacy, for instance disclosing information about an individual that is not in the public record.
Lastly, when preparing for a speech it is imperative that we make a conscious effort to practice ethical principles. Ethical public speaking is a matter of honesty and character, it dictates our integrity as a writer as well as a speaker. It empowers us as individuals, so if we do not believe in ourselves then nobody will believe us. When preparing for a speech it is imperative that we make a conscious effort to practice ethical principles.