Closing exercise for introductory speech

Minute papers

Pass out quarter sheets of notebook paper and ask the students to identify which of their classmates’ introductory speeches they remember the most and could give if required and why. After the introductory speeches, I would move to informative speaking and this allowed me to compile the “why” answers into a list to compare to the book’s techniques for how to make a speech memorable. In the next class, I would give the students the top five reasons people remembered the introductory speeches that they did and ask them which of the book’s techniques this reason matched. It was a great way to show that the book’s suggestions were realistic.

Minute papers are meant to be anonymous, although I invite students to put their names on the paper if they would like a personal e-mail response.


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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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