In-class exercise for audience adaptation

This is a brief exercise. Challenge the students to ask questions about their audience and speech context rather than guessing. To illustrate this, I ask students to guess a band I’ve seen in concert. This topic works for me because I have seen several bands of various genres but still the students often struggle to name one. It effectively makes the point that guessing is often not the best approach, it is much better to ask questions of the audience.

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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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