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.
This is a course about effectively connecting in person with an audience to further cooperative goals in our communities. We will study how talented speakers achieve this goal, with attention to the psychological dimensions of persuasion and audience engagement. To practice and strengthen your own public speaking, you will create and present four formal speeches plus an impromptu speech. The course is designed to walk you through the steps needed to minimize stress and maximize the quality of your performance, thereby strengthening your connection to a community through the art of public speaking.