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Chapter 21. Persuasive Speeches > Vote Early and Often - Pg. 177

Persuasive Speeches Write possible add-on sentences on sticky notes along the edge of note cards, in case you need them. 177 Whether you're a student, an employee, an employer, or a community volunteer, you need to be able to work with others to solve problems. Working with others often sets off tempers, making it more difficult to reach an equitable resolution. When you're speaking for a group, try these guidelines to keep the waters calm: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. In your speech, describe and understand the problem. Define the scope and causes of the problem. Be sure to isolate criteria to use in order to judge possible solutions. Establish standards for evaluating solutions. Identify all possible solutions. Keep an open mind; don't discard any possibilities as you speak. Evaluate each possible solution according to the standards that were set earlier. Select the best possible solution and present it in your speech. Address people from every involved group. To solve a work-related problem, for example, be sure to address the needs of union workers, sales associates, and management in your speech. To make sure that no one is left out in the cold, don't withhold any relevant information as you speak. Don't let personality conflicts infringe on your address. Work to maintain the group's cohe- siveness and ability to work together after you finish speaking. 7. 8. Vote Early and Often