Week six

Workbook activities

 PAIBOC use for assignment 3

I will be employed as a media advisor for the state MP of the Mirani Electorate.

Purpose:  The purpose of the maiden speech is to acknowledge the audience and reassure them the MP’s commitment to representing the Electorate.  Fly-in fly out (FIFO) workforce and the proposed end to Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDPs) are the two main issues in central Queensland that will feature in the speech.

Audience: The audience will be fellow members, constituents and the media.

Information: The need for change on 100% FIFO workforce in central Queensland resource communities is relevant as it represents employment and prosperity in the small mining communities which have suffered over the last 5 years due to increased FIFO workforces. The federally introduced National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been a real concern in the central Queensland region and a lot of families don’t want it to replace the current ECDPs. ECDPs provide children, with disabilities and developmental delays, the essential skills and help prepare them for mainstream school.

Benefits:  The benefits of delivering a successful maiden speech will maintain the confidence of constituents and fellow members and, ultimately, retain the relevant member’s position.

Objections: Constituents will have their own opinions and beliefs on the issues that will be discussed. FIFO has pros ie. spreading the wealth and skills set within the state and cons employment and prosperity within central Queensland communities has dropped considerably.  I am anti-FIFO so I will defend any objections against that.  ECDPs provided by the state government are critical to a child’s development and should remain how they currently stand.

Context:  The beliefs held for the issues are political but also personal as they directly affect me and my family.


Differences and similarities of formal and informal speech

Knowing the difference and similarities of formal and informal speech is important as each has its own methods of preparation, content and delivery.

Performing a formal speech can quite daunting. The purpose of the formal speech is to inform, to persuade, to entertain, to stimulate action or further interest in a topic of community concern (2003).  Adequate preparation of a formal speech will see the orator feeling more confident about the subject, with a better chance of a successful outcome. I am currently working on a formal speech for the MP I work for. He intends to perform this speech in parliament so I will need ensure he is familiar with the subject and its purpose.

The content of formal and informal speeches are usually quite different. Formal speeches are given for a purpose and an outcome.  An MP may rise and take the floor to introduce an important issue that requires the government’s attention. The content of the speech would include background, facts and a solution to support the MP’s argument. Whereas an informal speech generally happens in conversation. In a corporate setting, all talk is potentially for an overhearing audience, so in a sense, while conversation may appear to be informal, it actually has the potential to have more formal consequences (Ames, 2016 pg.5).

The delivery of a formal speech must reflect its subject and genre . A presentation is a type of formal speech and must be delivered effectively to maintain the audience’s attention. By memorising the introduction, maintaining the audience’s eye contact and breathing deeply (Cipolla 2016), the orator will increase the chances of a successful presentation. An informal speech does require preparation and delivery but not in the same context as a formal speech. An informal speech is speech that may be impromptu, improvised, or deliberately casual or lighthearted (Ames 2016, p.4). An informal speech could be a phone call or a conversation between work colleagues. Both are casual speech but still need to be thought out to ensure communication lines are clear.

Reflection of week 6 voice recording

This week my voice sounds quite ‘whispery’ in place. I’ve had a cold the past couple of weeks so this may be the cause. I still need to slow down and breath more to ensure I’m understood clearly. I also need to speak louder and deeper to get my point across more confidently.


Ames, K 2016, COMM12033 speech and script term 1 2016, lesson 6: Genres of speech – corporate, CQUniversity, Brisbane.

University of Illinois 2003, Communications Guide, viewed 24 April 2016, https://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/downloads/27058.pdf.

Cipolla, R 2016, How to prepare and deliver a presentation, viewed 24 April 2016, http://mi.eng.cam.ac.uk/~cipolla/archive/Presentations/MakingPresentations.pdf