Impact Analysis for Public Speaking: Scope
If you haven’t checked out my original post on impact analysis for public speaking, you can check it out here.
In short, impact analysis is the ability to analyze different impacts in arguments and compare them against each other in order to form strong reasons for why one impact may outweigh the other. In order to do this, you need to use weighing metrics to determine how we can quantify if an impact outweighs another.
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If you were to step on a scale and weigh 100 pounds, then pounds is the metric for you to determine how much you weigh. The same concept applies to compare impacts — you need to have metrics that allow you to effectively communicate why your impact is important than another one. This article will be discussing timeframe as one of those weighing metrics.
The scope is usually referred to as the extent to which something can happen, mainly about how many people are affected by a certain event. When most people argue that their impacts outweigh on scope, they are making an argument for why their impacts affect more people. While scope may be used in other ways, this is how I’ve seen this weighing metric used often.
When you are outweighing impacts on scope, you usually want to recognize how many people are affected and in which ways they are affected. For example, even if more people are affected by something in a specific scenario, the extent to what they have to deal with may not be as much as the lower amount of people affected by something else.
A lot of rich people could be affected by an economic collapse, but even if there are fewer low-income people, they would be affected more than the many rich people affected.
A scope can also be used to justify larger events that happen throughout history. These could be arguments about natural disasters or political revolutions that impacted generations of people over the course of time.
Using scope as a weighing metric can be significant when giving a public speech. You may be making an argument about an event in history or about something that will occur in the future but will affect a larger scope of people. A scope can be used to add greater depth to the analysis you’re making and allow the audience to connect with your message in a much more nuanced way that attracts and keeps their attention.
Here is an interactive document I created to help with understanding Weighing Impacts with Scope. It goes along with the ending activity that is linked above in the YouTube video. It has a couple of scenarios and then answers listed below on understanding how to answer the scenarios presented. You can download it for free here.