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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Public Speaking: Getting Started

Do not print this unless you really feel you need to. Read it first on-line to help prepare for and understand course material and assignments. 

For week # 1…(Ignore chapters as they refer to a previous edition of a specific text book and may not be the testable material for any given class. This is a guideline and for additional information, not required material for any single course.)

Prepare your first speech.

Take notes in class or if you are not a note taker, refer to the following document.

Education is repetition, delivered for a variety of learning styles and needs.

Unit notes will include repetition and redundancy within them, often expanding or explaining in different ways as they progress.

You should consider that in an oral presentation you may need to repeat concepts in different ways, reinforce concepts at different places within the speech, and summarize things you may already have said.

Do not be afraid of repeating yourself, or of the frequent repetition you may find in these unit notes. Education is repetition. We learn by repeat exposure (and my helping others, so please feel free to form study groups).

These unit notes are provided as an on-line supplement to lecture, text, experience and other course materials. They review, enhance, expand and explain concepts and issues in an outline format that extends beyond the material in the textbook. They are meant to be read, scanned, looked-up or ignored depending on your learning style and what you wish to gain from this course.

The material in these unit notes represent a collection of concepts and explanations from numerous textbooks, the experience of the instructor and answers to questions asked by previous students. This has been assembled to assist you in fully understanding the concepts of the course. Feel free to ask questions, point out corrections or add to this material.

If there is material in these notes not covered in a way you can remember and understand in the text or in lecture, feel free to ask specific questions to the instructor.

These unit notes are provided to assist you with speeches, on the examinations, and in your general understanding of the concepts of the course as you move forward in life. These will assist, however the unit notes do not replace the text.

You will be bombarded with information early in the term. This is to allow you to do better on your speeches and to take the time to reinforce and understand the material when you take the exams, apply the concepts in class and remember them for future course work in other areas of study. The second half of the term will be dominated with your speeches. Believe it or not, most students find themselves enjoying the course long before the end of the semester.

There is a great volume of material in the text, these notes and handouts. In addition you will need to learn to do comprehensive college level research.

This course requires reading, searching, thinking and practicing, if you wish to gain a satisfactory grade and earn the three college credits.

There is a reason this course is required for many majors and most major universities. You need a functional knowledge of communication and public speaking to advance in your education.

Read all the way though, then return to study what you may not understand or need to reinforce from your own perspective.

There is repetition within these notes, as well as within the text and lecture.

Repetition within your speeches may also be a positive force, as education is repetition. Most people require multiple exposures to ideas, concepts, facts, beliefs and information to retain, process and put these concepts to use.

There will be many pages of handouts available. How you use them is up to you. They are there to assist in your success in this course and use of the concepts or your own profit, pleasure and understanding of the world around you, future courses and in interaction with others.

I am here for you.

Art Lynch

Nevada State

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