J-Term 2018: Public Speaking - ENSP 1600-1



J-Term 2018: Public Speaking - ENSP 1600-1


Tue. Jan 2, 2018 - Fri. Jan 12, 2018 (2 weeks)
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Bryan Hall Rm 328

When was the last time you were moved by a speaker? Was it in a classroom, at your church, at a family gathering, or at a political event? Maybe you’ve seen a video of a persuasive politician, an eloquent preacher or a powerful TED talk. Did the speaker make you think about their topic in a new way, change your attitude or beliefs, or motivate you to take action? How do effective speakers use their words, their voices and their bodies to change their audience’s understanding or behavior? How can we become effective speakers who affect our listeners’ attitudes and actions?  
In this class, you will learn to prepare and deliver public presentations that resonate with your audience. We will learn techniques for handling speech anxiety, analyzing your audience, organizing and composing an effective argument, and improving diction, projection, and delivery. We will discern the difference between oral and written style in language, the role of the body in public speaking, and how to achieve specific goals in speeches: speaking to inform, to persuade, and to commemorate.
In this course, we use breathing and relaxation techniques twice a day to commence each class session. We will also explore using visualization, built on the work of stress researcher Kelly McGonigal, to help reframe what can be interpreted as a stressful situation (public speaking) into a challenging opportunity (performance excitement).
Ample class time will be given for student presentations, and students can expect to practice their speaking skills every day. We will begin every class period with physical, vocal, and relaxation exercises. Your performance will be evaluated on punctual attendance, engagement in paired, group and individual class activities, and the preparation and delivery of two 6-8 minute presentations. Our goal is neither to memorize nor to read these speeches, but to learn the art of extemporaneous delivery, where a carefully prepared and rehearsed speech seems to arise spontaneously in the moment. 
Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Analyze your audience in order to craft a message specific to your target listeners
  • Use mindfulness techniques to manage speaking anxiety
  • Research and organize logical, coherent and effective oral presentations
  • Achieve a variety of speaking goals, including demonstration, persuasion and commemoration
  • Construct visual aids to support your message without being upstaged by them
  • Employ language that is composed to be heard not read
  • Project a confident, credible and poised speaking persona
  • Motivate change in your target listeners’ behavior, attitude or beliefs
* 3 credits
Instructor: Margaret Gardiner (