In-class activity for day one

Public speaking draws from skills most of us have already developed such as writing, conversation and performance. This quick exercise helps to illustrate this for students early in the semester.

Have the students get into groups. You can either have the groups work on every category or make up cards for the categories and give each group 2-3 to do. The categories are:

  • Public speaking is like writing a paper.
  • Public speaking is different than writing a paper.
  • Public speaking is like having a conversation.
  • Public speaking is different than having a conversation.
  • Public speaking is like acting in a play.
  • Public speaking is different than acting in a play.

Have students come up with at least one similarity or difference for each category you assign them. By coming up with one way the two categories are the same or different, it can help to reinforce to students that they already have many of the required skills and to highlight those that should be their focus for the semester.

This exercise adapted from the Brydon & Scott textbook instructor’s manual.

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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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