Question About Public Speaking Ethics - Why Are They Important?
I Have A Question: Ethics in Public Speaking
Q: I have a question about ethics in public speaking: why are they important? Why do they actually matter for just a speech?
A: Good question. Ethics are central to public speaking for three major reasons:
- Credibility. If anyone discovers that you haven't been 100% honest in everything that you have said, people in the future will have no reason to listen to you. For a speech to make a difference, you must be trusted.
- Dependability. Similarly, if you can be trusted to not just tell the truth factually, but also to not mislead your audience nor play up on their vulnerabilities, then people will know that they can depend on you and what you are saying. Again, your speech will have the chance to make an impact.
- Reliability. If you show your integrity and prove your credibility the first time, then people will keep coming back over and over again - now there's a speaker who makes a difference.
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