June 20, 2014 | | Comments Off on Back Up and Running

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

December 4, 2012 | | Comments Off on Assumptions Kill Persuasion, Weaken Information

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?

November 7, 2012 | | Comments Off on Building an Impromptu Speech

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