Essay Steve Jobs Stanford University Speech Analysis

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Speech Analysis
Marianna Henud Cresci
UBIS University




This paper responds to two questions presented by professor Philippe Laurent of
Organisational Communication course related to the weekly learning material and analyses Steve
Job’s speech at Stanford University.



1. As a listener, what are the biggest clues you have that a speaker has not taken the time to adapt the presentation so it is appropriate for a particular situation? Think of examples of speeches you have seen that did not take into account the situation (audience, speaker, and occasion). What was the impact of this negligence?

There are several questions to be asked when watching a
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- How is the speaker delivering the information to the audience and how is the audience responding? Here, we are able to see how much the speaker knows about the audience.
During a sales presentation to a group of elderly people, the presenter, unaware of the



audience, delivered the information too fast. The seniors were not able to fully comprehend what was being said, consequently not buying anything.

2. Think of presentations you have listened to in the past. What types of verbal and visual support capture your interest in a presentation? Which types bore you? Which types best help you to understand the topic? Which ones confuse you? Which types leave a lasting impact? Which do you forget most easily? How will you apply this reflection as you select verbal and visual support for your own presentations?

I always feel more interested in presentations where stories are used as verbal support. Comparisons and definitions often help me to understand the topic. Statistics are important to some types of presentations but when excessively used, I get bored. Visual aids can be a great addition to presentations, photos and graphics always make the presentation more effective. I believe that presentations that connect to the audience somehow leave a lasting impact. Therefore to create a successful presentation I must know who my audience is to be able to select the proper verbal and visual support and connect with them.
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