1. Read 2 Foundations of Public Speakingand 19.3 Speech Preparation and then post a working outline for your upcoming informative speech below.


  1. Read 1 Why Conduct an Audience Analysisand then post your response to the following questions:
  • What would you do to acknowledge your audience’s beliefs, knowledge, and attitudes as you develop your ideas for your informative speech based on this week’s reading assignment and your own assessment?
  • What would you do to adapt your topic to fit your audience’s beliefs, knowledge, and attitudes, and cultural diversity?
  1. Watch Knowing Your Audienceand then explain how you would use the practical tips the speaker gives to help you acknowledge and adapt to an audience.
  2. Discussion: Begin by explaining the topic for your upcoming informative speech and then answer the following questions about your audience which will consist of your classmates:  
  • How much information do you think your classmates already have about your persuasive topic?
  • How will your classmates react to your speech? 
  • How will your audience benefit from your speech in their lives?


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  1. Read 5.2 Three Types of Audience Analysisand then explain how you will accommodate your audience’s demographic, psychographic, and situational needs to ensure the success of your upcoming informative speech. 



  1. Read 7.2 Developing a Research Strategyand then answer the following questions about your upcoming informative speech:
  • How much time do you expect you will need to research, gather information, organize, and practice your speech?
  • What resources do you think you will need to complete your speech?
  • How can you tell the difference between academic and non-academic sources?
  • How will academic and non-academic sources be useful for your speech?
  • How will you determine that the sources you will choose are valid and reliable?



  1. How would you use the information in 3 Citing Sourcesto make sure your upcoming informative speech is academically honest and supported by sound research using an appropriate style of documentation?



  1. Read 1 Why Is Public Speaking Important?and then explain why preparing and delivering your upcoming speech is worth your time and effort. 

Respond to two of your classmates by agreeing, disagreeing, or commenting on their responses.


9.    Read General Purposes of Speaking and then explain the difference between the three types of speeches. Give examples to explain the main difference.


  1. Read 2 Selecting a Topicand 6.4 Specific Purposes then come up with an informative speech topic for your upcoming informative speech. After you write the thesis statement, answer the following questions:
  • Does the topic match my intended general purpose?
  • Is the topic appropriate for my audience? 
  • Is the topic appropriate for the given speaking context? 
  • Can I reasonably hope to inform or persuade my audience in the time frame I have for the speech?
  1. Read 1 Informative Speaking Goalsand then explain how in your upcoming informative speech you will make “information clear and interesting by adjusting the complexity of your information to the audience, avoiding jargon, creating concrete images, limiting information only to what is most relevant, linking information to what the audience already knows, and making information memorable through language or personalization.”


  1. Read 16.2 Types of Informative Speechesand then share your informative speech thesis statement with your classmates. Explain which type of informative topic your topic is. Respond to two classmates by agreeing, disagreeing, or elaborating on their posting. 



  1. Read 2 Types of Outlines, develop a speaking outline for your upcoming informative speech, and then post your speaking outline below. Make sure to use the exact template.


  1. Read 4 Tips for Preparing Presentation Aidsand then develop a maximum of slides for your upcoming informative speech. Submit your PowerPoint presentation below and explain how your presentation met the criteria and tips provided in the reading.



  1. Read Chapter 9: Introductions Matter: How to Begin a Speech Effectivelyand then develop an introduction for your upcoming persuasive speech. Use the Table 9.1 Thesis Checklist to explain why your introduction is appropriate and effective for your persuasive speech.


  1. Read  2 Using Common Organizing Patternsand then select a pattern for your upcoming persuasive speech. Explain why the pattern you selected is most appropriate for your speech.


  1. Watch Top 5 Speeches That Will Set You Up For Successand then explain the organizational patterns for any two of the speeches.


  1. Read 4 Analyzing a Speech Bodyand develop a body for your upcoming persuasive speech. Explain how you benefited from reading the speech body analysis in developing the body of your speech.


  1. Read 1 Why Conclusions Matterand then respond to the following questions:

What are the benefits of a strong speech conclusion?

What is the serial position effect and why is it important in public speaking?


  1. Read 2 Steps of a Conclusionand 11.3 Analyzing a Conclusion and then develop a conclusion for your persuasive speech using one or more of Miller’s (1946) ten concluding devices. Make sure to follow the three steps of an effective conclusion: a restatement of the thesis, a review of the main points, and a concluding device.
    Respond to at least two classmates to comment, provide feedback, or suggest changes to improve their conclusion. Explain your reasons. 


  1. Read 1 Persuasion: An Overviewand 17.2 Types of Persuasive Speeches and then come up with a topic for your persuasive speech. Explain how your topic meets the criteria for effective persuasive speeches as explained in the reading.
  2. Read 3 Organizing Persuasive Speechesand use Monroe’s Motivated Sequence to develop a general outline for your persuasive speech. Explain how your plan follows Monroe’s Sequence.
  3. Read 1 Using Research as Support and 8.2 Exploring Types of Supportand then come up with 5 resources for your upcoming persuasive speech. Explain how the five resources meet the criteria for valid evidence and support.
  4. Post a 100-word statement in your own words to explain your persuasive speech thesis statement, your position, and your key arguments. Read 3 Using Support and Creating Argumentsand then explain the key three arguments for your upcoming persuasive speech. How do your arguments meet the criteria explained in the reading? 



  1. Post your final draft of the persuasive speaking speech outline using the template provided in Types of Outlines.


  1. Post your PowerPoint presentation after you read Chapter 15: Presentation Aids: Design and Usage.



  1. Read: 2.1 The Ethics Pyramidand then come up with an example to explain the ethics pyramid. Make sure to use the intent, means, and ends concepts in your explanation.


  1. Read 2.3 Free Speechand then prepare to record a two-minute talk to a group of friends who do not understand why the US guarantees freedom of expression. Use your own words to explain which constitutional and legal rights protect freedom of speech. Please make sure to speak not to read your explanation.


  1. Watch Free speechby James Kirchick and then explain in your own words the value of free speech. 


  1. Read 2.2 Ethics in Public Speakingand 2.3: Free Speech, select what you think is the most important principle of nine ethical communication and explain why you believe it to be so. Give one example of how freedom of speech can have a positive impact on individuals and society. 




  1. Read 4.1Listening vs. Hearing and 4.2 Listening Styles (Wrench, et al.) and then watch The power of listening by William Ury. Explain the importance of listening for your personal, social, and professional success based on the readings and video.
  2. Read 4.3 Why Listening Is Difficultand then explain why listening is so difficult. Do you agree with the reasons listed in the chapter about how difficult listening is? Why?
  3. Read 4.4 Stages of Listeningand then explain how you would change the way you talk to people based on your understanding of the various stages of listening.
  4. Read 4.5 Listening Criticallyand watch 5 tips to improve your critical thinking by Samantha Agios and then give an example of how you would improve your personal, social, and professional relationships as a result of listening critically.



  1. Reflect on how you have improved as a result of taking this course.


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