Success – One Speech at a Time
My apologies for being away for so long! I completed the Winter semester teaching COM 1600 at the Orchard Ridge campus at Oakland Community College, and will be set to teach it again for the Summer II term. For those of you who follow this website, I invite you encourage any friends or family members who attend this school to register for my class. It’s an eight-week course running Mondays
I was listening to speeches in class and in meetings in the past few weeks when it suddenly dawned on me: the speaker has never questioned the initial position. For example, I heard something similar to the following: “Everybody knows that cancer in kids is bad, so tonight I want to convince you to donate to the Children’s Cancer Fund.” Why is this the death of persuasion?
A colleague recently asked me how I incorporate the impromptu speech into my course. This is a great question. I make it a Week 2 assignment because I focus the energy on understanding the formatting of a speech. Knowing that students won’t be able to draw from sources, the speeches will typically be very thin. So, I get them to work on seeing the structure of a speech and put
Mark "...takes you through the process step by step and shows how developing a speech can be surprisingly easy. He also helps you see that delivering the speech can be done effectively and entertainingly. With a little a knowledge and a lot of hard work, you can make a pretty speech even better... maybe even bear-able (for you and the audience)!"
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