Below is an explanation of the categories of agreement and disagreement.
SA = strongly agree with the statement
A = agree with the statement
D = disagree with the statement
SD = strongly disagree with the statement
1. having the good fortune to have the right audience at the right time explains most good speeches.
2. I can influence nearly any audience if I try.
3. Even when I know what I want to say‚ I can’t seem to control how I say it.
4. People who speak well are just plain lucky.
5. There are so many variables in a communication situation that communicating well consistently is nearly impossible.
6. When I get up in front of a group‚ my self-control flies out the window.
7. How much I contribute to a conversation depends on how much others will allow me to contribute.
8. The ability to speak well is something you just happen to be born with.
9. I am usually in control of my behavior‚ when I speak.
10. Good fortune or luck is created by the speaker‚ it doesn’t just happen.
11. Given the chance‚ I can control almost any conversation.
12. If I am aware of a personal communication behavior that is bad‚ I can control it.
13. Since there is really no such thing as luck‚ being a good speaker is the result of personal effort.
14. No matter how hard I try‚ when I get up in front of a group‚ I just can’t seem to make things come out right.
15. When I am in front of a group‚ it is almost as if the audience control me more that I control it.
16. Persistence and hard work‚ not chance‚ will make you a better speaker.
17. Very few situations are so complicated that communication cannot help.
18. I can keep my wits about me in most communication situations.
Hamilton‚ J. P. (1991). The Development of a Communication Specific Locus of Control Instrument. Communication Reports‚ 4 (2).