The speaker of the speech that I listened to was President Barrack Obama. This speech was his inaugural address, which he delivered on January 20 2009 the day he was inaugurated as the forty fourth American President. The speech was formal as it addressed the whole American Nation and was broadcasted live to other nations. The purpose of this speech was to address the American public during the speaker’s inaugural ceremony and assure them of issues such as economic stability despite the harsh economy times that most Americans were experiencing. The speech was quite effective in the sense that most Americans felt that they had made a wise choice in voting for President Obama and they felt that he could deliver well on his promises to the country as a whole. President Obama is an articulate speaker and his undeniable charm and articulacy undeniably got his audience hooked to every word in his speech. There was a lot of research in his speech because he spoke about many issues such as the fight against terrorism and many other important issues.
A prepared speech has a direct flow than a speech that has been written in the sense that the ideas that the speaker is trying to communicate along will flow smoothly (Shaokui, 2000). For instance, in President Obama’s inaugural speech, his speech was quite interesting since it had an easy flow and it connected well with his audience.
Listening to a speech slightly differs from reading a speech. When a person listens to a speech, he or she can connect with the speaker at a personal level if the speaker can connect well with his or her audience. On the other hand, when reading a speech one cannot miss any miniature detail in the speech unlike when one listens to a speech. For instance in some cases, the speaker of a speech might not be audible enough and thus the audience will not connect with him or her at this stage.
Shaokui, D. (2000). The Rhetorical effects in famous English speeches. Journal of social science