In-class activity for language

After reviewing elements of “powerless” speech (that is, speech techniques that can hurt credibility), I ask the students to break into small groups and write a horrible sentence. They should try to work in as many examples of powerless speech as they can.

When they finish, they read their examples to the class. I then collect the examples and put a couple of the sentences together and include it as a short answer question on the test — “Identify at least five types of powerless speech from the following example.”

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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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