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Mini-Quiz: A Short Guide to Effective Public Speaking

by Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP (17 July 2004)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Why would you start a speech with a startling statement?

To overcome their fear of speakers

To add a touch of humor

To get the audience's attention

2. How many main points should you have in your speech?

Two or three at the most

Twenty-three at the most

You shouldn't have any main points, because they bore people

3. What do people remember the most in a speech?

The last things you say

The type of clothes you wear

How long your speech is

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Public Speaking. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

Speak well and the world will listen

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Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is a professor of speech communication at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. He is also a trainer in communication who presents more than 60 seminars and workshops a year to corporations and associations. See additional articles and resources at He can be reached at 800-727-6520 or at

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