Public speaking, as a liberal art, plays a major role in social settings, including education, government and business, etc. Words have the power to inform, persuade, educate, and even entertain. And the spoken word can be even more powerful than the written word in the hands of the right speaker.
This course is designed to help you become a more effective “public speaker”. Students will examine firstly the traditional rhetoric history and principle, then emphasis will be put on the study of practices and skills of speaking effectively in public. Topics cover the essentials of effective presentation from audience analysis, content development to critical thinking when presenting to others. The course will also introduce the presentation skills in common business and social settings; and issues of diversity and multiculturalism.