COM* 173: Public Speaking
This course is designed to encourage students to develop their speaking and listening skills in order to become more confident communicators. The course introduced students to communication as an interactive process and emphasizes developing effective public presentation skills. Instruction stresses organization, research, writing, delivery and audience adaptation.
The Persuasive Speech
This speech requires that you take a stand on a controversial issue and attempt to persuade the class to accept your position. This is a challenging type of speech because it demands that you have complete control of all sorts of complex information. It also requires that you use your allotted time carefully and effectively. Persuasive speeches require considerable research and preparation. I am recommending that you spend at least 2 - 3 hours researching your issue and at least 3 - 4 hours developing the content and organization of your speech.
You must craft an introduction that creates interest and grabs the audience's attention. In your outline you must write down your introduction word-for-word.
In addition to articulating the reasons for your position, you must spend some time discussing your opponent's position and why they hold such position/belief, and why you ultimated disagree with them.
You must research, use quotes, and practice your speech. Practice, practice, practice, practice...