Common Attention Getting Devices

The attention getting device employed by the
speaker must relate directly to the speech.
1 Tell a short story
2 Ask a question
Rhetorical Question = Do not want or
expect listeners to answer.
Overt-Response Question = Do want the
audience to reply.
3 Make a statement that shocks, surprises, or
4 Cite a quotation
5 Arouse curiosity
6 Provide a visual aid or demonstration
7 Give an incentive to listeners
Explain how your topic relates to audience
members lives and their own best interest

Lucas, Stephen. (1995). The Art of Public Speaking. (5th ed.). NY: McGraw Hill.
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