Speak with Authority

5 Mar

Taylor Mali reading his poem “Totally Like Whatever“:


Resources for the week of February 27-March 2

27 Feb

As we start round 3 of speeches, here are some links to consider:

  • 10 Ways to Wow your Audience by Susan Krauss Whitbourne — “Here are the guidelines that great speakers follow that rely on simple application of these principles derived from social, educational, and applied psychology.”

and for those of you who are preparing your PowerPoint presentations for your design project:

a TED treat

13 Feb

Science writer John Bohannon’s modest proposal is to use “dancers as tools of rhetoric” — instead of the same ol’ PowerPoint technical presentations:

What do you think?

Check out the applicants in last year’s ‘Dance your PhD’ contest here.

Readings on Pathos for next week

9 Feb

Next week we’ll start discussing some new theories that will help you to better adapt your message to the audience.  In particular, we’ll start discussing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, and how to use these theories in planning your speeches.

Here are some links to read and consider before Monday’s class:

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Monroe’s Motivated Sequence

  • Monroe’s Motivated Sequence by Mike Berry. This site offers a good explanation, plus has an outline of a sample speech that uses the sequence.

90 seconds of advice

9 Feb

TEDx talk on public speaking

31 Jan

What sort of critiques could you offer for this speech on public speaking? What was done well, and what could be improved?


27 Jan
  • About.com’s grammar and composition’s author is the prof who first introduced me to rhetoric, Richard Nordquist. Here’s his page on using transitional expressions — mainly in a written context, but some of the principles here could translate into your oral presentations.
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