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Why Study Public Speaking?

    You will undoubtedly be called on to speak in public at various times in your life; as a student participating in a class; as a businessperson convincing your boss to let you undertake a new project; or as a concerned citizen addressing the city council.  In each of these situations, the ability to speak with competence and confidence will provide empowerment.  Being a skilled public speaker will give you an edge that other, less skilled communicators lack - even those who may have superior ideas, training or experience.

    As you study public speaking, you will learn and practice strategies for effective delivery and critical listening.  You will discover new applications for skills you may already have, such as focusing and organizing ideas and gathering information from print and electronic sources. 

    For many students (even you, maybe), the phrase "public speaking" causes a slight queasy feeling, a wave of dread, or even a surge of panic.  It is typical to experience fear and anxiety about speaking in public.  As you start your journey of becoming an effective public speaker, you may have questions about how to bolster your confidence and manage your apprehension.  We will explore strategies to help you feel both empowered and more confident.

 

Steps for making a great presentation

1.    Choose a great topic

2.    Research the facts

3.    Figure out your audience, and work out your angle (purpose of speech)

4.    Create an outline

5.    Practice

6.    Revise/Finalize

7.    Practice

8.    Create supporting visual materials

9.    Practice

10.  Present 

                                        

Course Syllabus  (click hyperlink to view)

 

Impromptu Speaking Opportunities (click hyperlink to view)

    Students will be given impromptu (Improvised without warning or prior preparation) speaking topics periodically throughout the semester.  These opportunities are usually brief and often are used to help students become familiar with common organizational patterns so they can apply them in any situation using the three part speech outline of an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.

                           

Formal Speeches: (guidelines, rubrics, etc. will be provided (hyperlinks) when we start each speech project)

Demonstration Speech - January 22 through February 9, 2018

    Project Guidelines

    Timeline

    Visual Aid Rubric

    Presentation Rubric

    Sample Introduction/Body/Conclusion

    

Informative Speech -  February 12 through March 29

    Project Guidelines

    Timeline

    Scoring Rubric

    Career Chart - 3 main points for speech

    Note card Format (instructions)

    Outline (Format Sample)

    PowerPoint Guidelines

  

Persuasive Speech - 

    Timeline

    Monroe's Motivated Sequence

    Outline (Format Sample)

    Sample Persuasive Outline using Monroe's Motivated Sequence

    Scoring Rubric

    Organizer Template for persuasive speech (Monroe's Motivated Sequence)

    Sample Persuasive Organizer

                                                                    

Handouts (examples):

   Note card Instructions and Sample 

    Outline Sample 

    Sample Outline (template) 

    Guidelines for Preparing and Presenting a Speech 

    How to rehearse a speech

   

 

 

    

    

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

        

        

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