This strictly introductory course presumes no formal training of any kind. Emphasis is on organization and delivery, with the goal of improving control over speaking habits and enunciation. A further goal is to introduce students to the foundation of rhetorical theory that underpins the practice of public speaking.
How do you feel about speaking in public? Are you petrified by fear? Do you love the attention? Do you wish people would listen to what you have to say? Maybe you want your audience to cry, to laugh, or to spring into action. Maybe you want to sell a product, convey an idea, or get a job. Maybe you just want to toast your best friend's wedding. Sometime, somewhere, you're going to be standing in front of a bunch of strangers who are all waiting for you to open your mouth and dazzle them. This class will help you shine.
Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. Boston: McGraw-Hill. Any edition, including digital or very old used editions.