November 2, 2012 | | Comments Off on New Look and Web-Ready Format

I’m pleased with the new look of the site. And, for those of you looking at this page via the web, you’ll notice that it has been optimized for smartphone viewing. Hope you like it! Okay, enough self-congratulation. Back to addressing the problems of public speaking! More soon!

October 30, 2012 | | Comments Off on Two Kinds of Persuasive Speeches

The previous posts show a definite trend toward tackling the problem of framing a persuasive speech. Term after term, the idea of persuasion is simple enough to grasp, but seemingly difficult to execute. I can’t tell you how many students come to me with an idea for persuasion that sounds something like this: “I’m going to persuade you to know how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…” (By

April 27, 2012 | | Comments Off on Understanding Position in Persuasion

I am often asked by students to approve their persuasive topic. Unfortunately, I run into the problem of vague topic ideas, such as “exercise” or “charity.” “Is this topic persuasive?” I am asked. My answer: That’s too vague to respond either way. It’s like me saying, “I want to persuade you on computers.” What specifically are you trying to persuade me to believe or do? Understand Where You Stand… and