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Communication and Transition Techniques of a Speech

After viewing Maysoon Zayid's "I got 99 problems... palsy is just one," respond to the questions below. Provide a substantial response to each question and include examples from the video to support your point of view.
1. Discuss whether or not Zayid opens her speech with an effective attention-getter.
2. How does Zayid establish credibility?
3. What is Zayid's thesis (main point or "message")?
4. List some of Zayid's main points as well as the details/examples she uses as support.
5. Discuss whether or not Zayid uses transitions (or "signposts") to guide the audience through her speech. Be sure to include examples to support your point of view.
6. Does Zayid use non-verbal communication in her speech? If so, is it effective?
7. Is Zayid's use of humor effective or distracting? Be sure to include examples to support your point of view.
8. Is Zayid's conclusion effective? Explain why or why not.
9. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the speech.

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1. Discuss whether or not Zayid opens her speech with an effective attention-getter.

Zayid did open her speech with an effective attention getter. She spoke about how she was born, and referred to the doctor that delivered her as being drunk as he cut her mother six times in six different directions, thereby suffocating her. Now, she has cerebral palsy and therefore shakes all the time. This tactic was quite effective.

2. How does Zayid establish credibility?

Zayid establishes credibility by discussing her accomplishments which included learning to walk, whereas most with cerebral palsy cannot, her accomplishment in creating, with a friend, Dean Obeidallah, the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, now in its 10th year, and becoming a regular on the Keith Olberman show, despite all of her disabilities.

3. What is Zayid's thesis (main point or "message")?

Zayid's thesis was that disability is as visibility as race, that the disabled are the largest minority in the world and the most under represented in entertainment.

4. List some of Zayid's main points as well as the details/examples she uses as support.

Some of Zayid's main points in her speech were the thesis first and foremost, that disability is as visible as race. That she was not picked on as a child or as an adult, except for ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the communication and transition techniques of a speech by Masoon Zayid.

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