In the currentera of internet, anyone can write about any topic of interest.However, to get the trust of the readers and viewers, the reporterrequires credibility.Before one write or post a video, they shoulddo a thorough research. In this paper, I will give three ways thatcan damage the credibility of a public speaker apart from lying.
Hypocrisy isalso among the things that make public speakers lose credibility.Essentially, in this case, the public speaker talks about aparticular believe while doing the opposite. Consider, for example,President Trump tweet that Putin was right in not expelling U.S.diplomats from Russia. Trump claimed Putin acted smart by not fallinginto Obama trap. President Trump made everyone believe that he waslooking at building a better relationship with Russia. However, hisadministration recently placed fifteen Russian companies undersanctions, making an already strained relationship worse.
The failure totake responsibility causes loss of credibility. In other words, thespeaker does not want to own up to his or her misdeeds. Consequently,they pass blame to others. For example, Tony Blair (former BritishPrime Minister) refusals to accept mistakes were done in the invasionof Iraq in 2003. He later admitted to mistakes after public pressure.
Gossiping isanother way public speakers lose credibility. In many cases, gossipsalways involve a celebrity (MassaroPara. 4). The main perpetrators of gossip are the newsmedia. For example, a member of parliament (MP) impeached forindecency behaviors. As it turns out, the indecency behavior is theMP attending a beach party, which is no nears to the public.
In conclusion,credibility is a key attribute of any public speaker. It makes themasses believe and trust the message of the leader. The key elementsof building credibility are to avoid lying, gossips. In addition, oneshould not be a hypocrite and should always take responsibility whenthings go wrong.
Massaro, ToniM. "SignificantSilences: Freedom of Speech in the Public Sector Workplace."(2015).
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