In-class activity for effective speaking

Divide the class into groups. Have them work together to create two lists: Five characteristics of an effective speaker and five characteristics of an ineffective speaker. Create a master list of their ideas on the board or a slide. Have the class work to reach consensus on the most important characteristics listed in each category and explain why they are important.

This exercise is adapted from the instructor’s manual of the Stephen E. Lucas textbook.

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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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