Rhetorical questions can be great to use in a speech. Just don't make them the only thing that defines the text type as a speech.
is it a good idea to use rhetorical questions in a speech? why/ why not?
because apparently a teacher said its not a good idea unless they're really good
A rhetorical question is very useful in seperating key ideas. It can provide interest, and involvement into the speech (which is the main objective). Always use them, but also make your paragraphs fairly short, and concise as opposed to what is normally expected within an essay. Use words that are inclusive, such as "we" and "Our"
Rhetorical questions are awesome for use in speeches. The main thing about speeches is that your not just preaching something, you need to connect with the audience, make it relevant, involve them, and you can do that through rhetorical questions. Don't base your speech around it, but throw in a few here and there. Some might be just a passing thing but others might be reflective, like if you ended your speech with it. You could have funny rhetorical questions or serious ones that make the audience contemplate the issues your talking about but overall, rhetorical questions are definitely a yes.
Also make sure when you're asking a rhetorical question that your facial expression is one of professionalism -> no smirking unless its suppose to be funny. Plus try to remember your speech off by heart and have direct eye contact with everyone in the room ~ trust me when I say you gain a few extra marks. I always get in the 90s for my speeches because I remember my speech off by heart, engage audience with hand actions and direct eye contact, clear focus point on the speech (ie. the purpose of my speech was executed and addressed efficiently and effectively), and the occasional rhetorical questions for my audience to reflect and readdress the issues I've mentioned within my speech. Plus it is crucial that you address your speeches formally and try to avoid any colloquial languages.
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Yes, so long as you avoid patronising your audience in doing so. They are a great way to make them actively engage and follow with what you are saying, making it much more of a conversation rather than a dull monologue.
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Thanks for all the help everyone! btw the speech we are doing is a "formal speech" so should I address the audience and if so, how? just a "good morning teachers and fellow students?"
okk sweet, i know exactly how im gonna start mine then thanks again everyone!
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