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Identifying Your Audience and Their Needs

In order to begin thinking about your readers start with these questions:

    • Who will be most likely to read this paper?
    • Does this audience agree with the points you are trying to make?
    • What can you say about these individuals?
    • What might some of the beliefs or ideas of this audience be?
    • Does your audience hold any stereotypes or beliefs that you should consider?
    • What does this audience already know about your topic?
    • What specific background information will they need to understand the concept?
    • What type of language would you use to gain this audience’s respect and attention?