This course is an introduction to speech communication which emphasizes the practical skill of public speaking, including techniques to lessen speaker anxiety, and the use of visual aids to enhance speaker presentations. Civility and ethical speech-making are the foundations of this course. Its goal is to prepare students for success in typical public speaking situations and to provide them with the basic principles of organization and research needed for effective speeches.

Students will learn the skills and strategies necessary to prepare and deliver ceremonial, informative, and persuasive speeches. Special consideration is given to adapting communication styles and content to diverse speakers and audiences. This course emphasizes how to compose meaningful and coherent messages; conduct responsible research on appropriate topics; and how to argue, develop, and polish effective presentation skills. During the course, you will be asked to stand before a group and deliver information, argue a position, present an award, introduce a guest speaker, or honor a special event. It is important that you command the audience’s attention and present yourself as a competent and credible speaker. In this course, you will be asked to present four speeches. The goal is for you to gain more confidence in communicating in public contexts.