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.
Public speaking is a part of most disciplines in college at some point, as well as a part of most professions. It’s even a part of life in general, from school and career to family and friends and politics. It’s also something many of us dread, or at least fear. This introductory course aims to provide you with fundamentals and skills for speaking for an array of purposes. In addition, to analyzing the effectiveness of others’ speeches, you’ll practice a variety of your own. Our focus will be on organization, clarity, and delivery.