Why Public Speaking Textbooks Suck

Creating Communication

The field of public speaking and presentation has been transformed by 21st century revolutionaries such as Nancy Duarte, Garr Reynolds, Guy Kawasaki, and Seth Godin.  With the introduction of TED Talks into popular culture and with a focus on visual communication principles as opposed to death-by-PowerPoint, those standard academic textbooks feel stale and corny.  More offensively, textbooks also ramble on for 600 or so pages about concepts most students would classify as “common sense.”  Does a college sophomore really need to read a textbook to understand that he or she should speak to a kindergarten class in a different way than he or she would speak to a crowd of senior citizens?  Does a college student need to read an entire chapter on listening?  Give me a break!

My next goal is to change my school’s Public Speaking textbook from a standard academic textbook to something more student and…

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About teachingpublicspeaking

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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