What is a good speech? Delegates debate
Discussions overheard during Y&G’s Friday opening session uncovered a large variety of opinions about the speeches given by the running candidates. This revealed different perspectives about whether a practical or comical speech is more effective.
“A good speech should be entertaining and capture the attention of the audience, a balance between the two. But before anything there should be that practicality in your speech,” said Daniel Park, this year’s Y&G governor from Waubonsee Valley. “Adding comedy to the speech allows the audience to get to know me better and connect with me better.”
The hilarity of a speech helps in getting audience members to listen, especially in a high school setting. However, putting humor can get mixed reviews from the audience, which can add to the stress of writing a speech. The jocularity of a person’s speech could potentially tell you something about the candidate.
Most, if not all, speeches attempted to incorporate viable information, but humor was presented as well. But is there a point where it goes too far?
“If I was trying to give a speech about a conflict in Israel and Pakistan, I wouldn’t be making jokes about it”, said Nick Bobbler, a lobbyist from Andrew. “It just depends on the subject.”
(written by Emily Arenz, Oswego)