Videoclip for stage fright

Videoclip for stage fright

The Simpsons: Season 2, episode 1

Early in this episode is a scene where Bart gives a book report on “Treasure Island.” He is clearly unprepared and caught by his teacher. This clip is a good illustration of the idea that while confidence can be faked, preparation cannot. I ask the students several questions about the clip:

  • What’s the problem here?
  • How do we know he is unprepared?
  • When you are in an audience, do you appreciate someone wasting your time like this?

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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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