Public Speaking – comm310 (3 credits)

This course addresses how an effective oral presentation is developed and delivered. Students will acquire strategies for overcoming speaker's anxiety and gaining confidence. The role of language, ethics and critical thinking in oral presentation are examined. Techniques for audience targeting, as well as the differences between group and individual presentations are also addressed. A primary focus will be on learning to speak extemporaneously or conversationally for maximum impact. Extensive opportunities for practicing and critiquing oral presentations will be provided.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Presenting the Final Speech—Persuasive Speaking Techniques

  • Demonstrate effective persuasion skills and methods.
  • Describe guidelines for ethical speaking.

Speaking and Listening

  • Describe the defining characteristics of public speaking.
  • Describe ways to improve listening skills.
  • Compare the different modes of delivery when speaking in public.

Speech Preparation—Getting Started

  • Analyze an audience in preparation for a speech.
  • Determine an appropriate topic for a speech, given the task, scope, and audience.

Speech Preparation—Researching, Organizing, and Outlining

  • Demonstrate an effective organizational format in a speech.
  • Create an outline for a speech.
  • Conduct research for a speech.
  • Analyze a speech, identifying aspects of effective speech content and delivery.

Presenting the Speech—Language and Media

  • Compare various forms of media for use in oral presentations.
  • Use effective media in an oral presentation.
  • Demonstrate effective voice and body language in an oral presentation.

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