Since public speaking is so often a required course, I am committed to making it interesting. I use a lot of videoclips from TV and movies and work in numerous contemporary examples. I spent years searching textbooks, instructor’s manuals, and popular literature to find activities and examples that would be instructive and interesting. My ratemyprofessor.com comments have been positive for the last several years.
I have spent 15 years teaching public speaking and introduction to communication classes both full-time and part-time on the college level. I have worked with many of the textbooks and with a variety of types of supervisors. The last class I taught over a five-year period was an introduction to communication course with a focus on public speaking that also contained units on interpersonal communication and group dynamics.
In addition to the blog, I have been uploading information at teacherspayteachers.com. I use this site to post more detailed information like complete lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations. There is a small fee for items there, but it represents the work put into translating lesson plans from personal shorthand to something anyone can use. If there are any topics for which you would like to see my lesson plans or PowerPoint presentations, please let me know.
I am taking the 2012-2013 school year off of teaching to complete a writing project.
I welcome your comments.