Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First speaking effort and the next couple of days

So both speech classes had the opportunity to prepare an introduction of a classmate.  It was suggested that they follow the "who, what, where, when, why" format but the most important thing was getting the experience.  I'm happy to say everyone did well for a starter and now that we have the ice broken we can move on to more challenging activities.

Wednesday the 1st we will take a web tour of the various online resources set up for you, then spend some time with the concept of preparing to give a speech.  There will be a graded writing exercise that follows, due at our next class meeting.

I'm very pleased with the start to speech and am exciting about the unique group dynamics of each class.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Questions to guide you

When starting to think about a speech topic you can help yourself along by asking five simple questions:

Who?
What?
When?
Where?
Why?

Regardless of whether you are conducting an interview, preparing a persuasive argument or preparing to inform your audience you will go farther by first answering these.

Who?  This could be, "who are you?" or "who will be affected?" or "who favors this?". 
What?  Could take the form of "what did you do this summer?" or "what will be the cost?" or even "what will have to change?".
When?  You can ask yourself "when will it take effect?" or "when will people learn?" or "when did you decide to run for office?".
Where?  Sample questions might be taken from "where will we find the money?" or "where did you go on vacation this summer?" or "where is the advantage in change?".
Why?  These questions might be taken from "why did you choose a faith-based school?" or "why should we support this?" or finally "why did they make this law?".

This isn't meant to be an all inclusive list, just sample questions.  As you approach each topic you can look as these questions and get a feel for how easy or hard it will be to develop a speech by the ease with which you answer them.  Advance preparation is often the key to success!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What do I get from being a good speaker?

There are many advantages to being a good speaker and able to communicate your ideas.  A few that come to mind are:

- people regard you as intelligent and listen to your ideas

- you can be in command

- you gain poise and confidence, which translates to success

- it helps your organizational skills

- leadership skills increase

- increases your voice control which you can use to convey feelings and conviction

- helps with research skills

- helps your group interactions

- you lose your fears*

* Fear of public speaking has repeatedly topped the list of American's greatest fears.  Why?  Because our egos are involved and we want to be like and accepted.  We'll get you over any of those fears and help you realize your full potential.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Welcome to the Exciting World of Public Speaking!

In this class you should expect to be challenged to leave your comfort zone behind and to explore new and stimulating ways of conveying ideas, beliefs and information.  I will expect you to give positive reinforcement to your classmates when speaking by paying attention and affirmation at the end.  Together we can expect to grow in confidence and command of the spoken word which will serve you the rest of your life socially, academically and professionally.

I welcome your feedback and suggestions as the semester progresses in an open manner.  Your success and growth is our ultimate goal.