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 introductory course is meant to help you become a better public speaker. Public speaking is an essential skill that is relevant in most academic, business, professional, and social settings, and yet speaking publicly is a thing that many people dread; in fact, public speaking anxiety also known as glossophobia ranks as one of the most commonly reported social fears. Our focus, then, will be on organization and delivery with the goal of improving clarity and speech habits through practice. Students will learn effective public speaking techniques and gain confidence in their oral communication (and listening!) skills by delivering speeches and presentations for different occasions and audiences in a supportive classroom environment.
Students will give three speeches during the class: an informative speech, "entertainment" speech, and persuasive speech. Students will be able to choose their own topic for each presentation.