Video for organization

This clip from the film “Billy Madison” illustrates the need to be organized. When using it in class, I would start a few seconds into the clip when the Industrial Revolution question is asked and Billy answers (some other versions of the clip at YouTube start there, but this one has better sound). Although the audience reacts positively, the teacher’s response shows that Billy has, in fact, failed to accomplish the goal of the speech.

I would ask some follow-up questions after showing the video:

  • While confidence can be faked, the same cannot be said for preparation. What are the signs that Billy is not prepared for his presentation?
  • Does the audience enthusiasm translate to a successful presentation?
  • Why not?

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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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