Ethics and Public Speaking
The branch of philosophy that deals with issues of right and wrong in human affairs.
Weighing a potential course of action against a set of ethical standards or guidelines.
Guidelines for Ethical Speaking
Make sure your goals are ethically sound
Be fully prepared for each speech
Be honest in what you say
Avoid name-calling and other forms of abusive language
Put ethical principles into practice
The use of language to defame, demean, or degrade individuals
Presenting another personís language or ideas as oneís own.
Types of Plagiarism
Stealing a speech entirely from a single source and passing it off as oneís own.
Stealing ideas or language from two or three sources and passing them off as oneís own.
Failing to give credit for particular parts of a speech that are borrowed from other people.
Plagiarism and the Internet
Cite sources when using Internet materials
Take careful research notes
Guidelines for Ethical Listening
Be courteous and attentive
Avoid prejudging the speaker
Maintain the free and open expression of ideas