NTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING, PREPARING THE SPEECH, ANALYZING THE AUDIENCEAssignment Overview
Take the time to think about your past speaking experiences. Were you nervous? What helped you get through this experience? Let’s write about it and discuss it.
After reading and viewing the assigned material for Module 1, write a well-organized and well-supported essay in which you respond to the following:
- Share your public speaking experiences over the years—from childhood to the present day. Consider your experiences in front of an audience. This may include presentations, speeches, performance, theater, teaching, etc. Is speaking in public a talent of yours or is it outside of your comfort zone? Consider why you feel the way you do. What do you like or dislike about your voice, your delivery, your mannerisms, and non-verbal communication?
- Address also your role as an audience and listener. What sort of public speaking, presentations, life performances, etc., do you enjoy or not enjoy?
A well-organized essay has a beginning, middle, and an end. The last sentence of the introduction is the thesis statement. The thesis states the main point of the essay.
A well-supported essay includes supporting points, details, and examples. Each body paragraph should have a topic sentence that states the main point of the paragraph and guides your reader through the essay.
The conclusion typically summarizes the main points of the essay and closes the essay with a lasting impression.
Be sure to proofread your essay and edit for proper grammar, punctuation, diction (word choice), and spelling.
Papers must be double-spaced in Times or Times New Roman font (12 cpi) with standard one-inch margins.
For this module’s Case, you may obviously write in the first person “I” as it is based on personal experience, although first person is not normally used in a formal essay.
Write an informative essay (no less than two pages in length) outlining your background and feelings on public speaking, including a self-reflection on your own public speaking skills.