Common Practices of Pandemic Speakers and the Influence of the Virtual Modality
by Davis Magpantay
Abstract – This paper presents a preliminary investigation on pandemic speakers, a novel demographic characterized by having gained the majority of their public speaking experience in a virtual modality. Through a focus group discussion and content analysis, it was found that the lack of obvious audience presence and increased technology dependence on the online environment influenced their common practices the most. The virtual modality was also found to be more approachable for developing public speaking skill. These findings may serve public speaking organizations in streamlining member training through virtual platforms.