Putting It Together: Public Speaking on the Job

In some ways, communication scenarios on the job are quite different from most of the speech situations we cover in this course. Unless you’re delivering a presentation to clients or colleagues, these scenarios don’t involve a formal, prepared speech. Nonetheless, job-related communication calls on many of the skills taught throughout the course: careful consideration of the needs of the audience, attention to the details of language and delivery, and the use of reasonable claims backed by credible evidence. Whether you’re interviewing for a new job, pitching a new idea to your boss, or running an important meeting, you’re still working with the basic elements of public speaking: audience, context, content, and delivery.