In-class activity for day one

It’s nice to get students talking right on the first day. Early in the class after introducing myself briefly I ask students to interview a partner and introduce each other to the class. They are asked to include:

  • Name
  • Hometown
  • Class level (freshman, etc.)
  • What they are planning to study
  • A hobby, sport or interest

Before the introductions to the class, ask students to listen for any patterns or trends. After all of the groups do their introductions (standing at their desks, not up front) then ask the class what some of the trends were. Point out that strong speeches require knowing your audiences and a strong interest in sports, for example, is something to keep in mind when you prepare for later speeches.

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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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