Weeks 1 & 2: Introductions and, Well, Introductions

Welcome to Public Speaking. I’m teaching two units of this class, one in the daytime (Wednesday 4:00-4:50pm, Friday 1:00-2:50pm) and one in the evening, (Wednesday 6:00-7:45pm, Friday 6:55-7:45pm). I’m going to differentiate these classes on this site in the following way: the earlier class will be called DAY, and the later class will be called NIGHT. The scheduling will differ slightly between the two classes, so it’s important to pay attention to the notes for your class.

The first week of courses involved introduction of the course and some basic ideas. Week two is all about self-introduction. DAY students have already introduced themselves to the class, and NIGHT students will do so on Wednesday, March 14th.

What to expect in the coming week:


We’re going to talk about some of the weaknesses in your self-introductions, in a general way. The rest of the week will be taken up with exercises and discussions of forthcoming presentations, including a presentation assignment for the following week (possibly as early as Wednesday, March 21st).

Night students will be performing self-introductions on Wednesday, March 14th, and we’ll review the problems, weaknesses, and strengths of your public speaking on Friday the 16th. Friday and the following Wednesday will be taken up with exercises and discussions of forthcoming presentations. Expect an assignment for Friday, week 3 (March 23rd).

Here’s a syllabus for our course, and a copy of the student information sheet I asked you to fill out.

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