Public Speaking

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The course helps students develop effective verbal and nonverbal skills for public speaking.  Students learn how to deliver informative, persuasive, and inspirational speeches.



  • Organizing a speech with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
  • Writing an introduction for a speech which captures the attention of the audience, includes a thesis statement, and gives an overview for the speech.
  • Writing a thesis statement with clarity, comprehensiveness, and completeness.
  • Composing a conclusion which summarizes the speech and ends the speech with impact.
  • Locating appropriate research material for a speech using an on-line library.
  • Selecting an appropriate organizational pattern for a speech:  problem/solution, topical, spatial, or chronological.
  • Using effective nonverbal skills such as eye contact, postures, gestures, and movement.
  • Demonstrating how to use visual aids effectively.
  • Developing and delivering an informative and a persuasive speech.
  • Delivering an informative speech which is intellectually stimulating, relevant, creative, and memorable.
  • Selecting and utilizing effective illustrations for a speech.
  • Choosing language for the speech that includes clarity, precision, specificity, and vividness.
  • Speaking fluently, energetically, and communicatively.
  • Delivering impromptu and prepared speeches.
  • Listing and describing methods of audience analysis:  demographics, gender, socio-economic status, education, etc.

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