Tutor profile: Bianca T.
Why is comedy seen as a plus for a speech, but then when it's added the speech is seen as "less professional"?
When people listen to speeches, there's usually about 30 minutes to an hour until you lose most of your audience. To add to your speech, you usually throw in some comedy or an interesting anecdote. We want to be interested in what we’re listening to. Comedy doesn’t necessarily render a speech less professional, but it’s where you add said joke or how much of it you add in. If you start to layer it on too thickly, you lose your purpose for the speech (unless your purpose was just to make the audience laugh). The best way to practice is to practice with a friend and tell your speech, and then ask for a critique. With another ear to help you, you can gauge what you need to add or subtract from your speech overall.
Should literature always be interpreted with context?
For many people, they don’t realize that literature will always have context. The era in which the piece was written in and the circumstances that the piece of literature comments on will affect how it’s supposed to be interpreted. For most of us. We do encounter a lot of literary pieces without knowing its background, and many people prefer to interpret works that way. It’s not bad to interpret it without knowing its entire historical context, but it is important to know about it and not completely disregard and reject it.
Why is our world so obsessed with writing?
Writing is a specialty that’s hard to master. It’s a discipline: if you want to get better at it, then you work at it every day like an instrument. Even though writing is so difficult, it’s universally expected that people should have it mastered. We expect good writing skills from everyone, and that really isn’t possible. Still, our world loves writing because we’ve become a globalized civilization. Since we can’t always talk face to face, we rely on writing in order to communicate. The better you write, the more opportunities you can get because you can clearly express ideas in a way that most people can’t.
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