Welcome back to school! This is the page for the Public Speaking course for Spring 2011, taught by Gord Sellar. We are scheduled to meet in IH342 on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00-2:00pm, and Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm. (I have not announced office hours yet — check here for an update — but it is likely I will […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Welcome to Public Speaking, Spring 2011!
I recently saw an interesting video by Michael Ruhlman, a chef who works in the United States. Here’s what he had to say: Had Something to Say – Thomas Keller from michael ruhlman on Vimeo. Ruhlman is talking about a chef friend of his who talked about what it takes to make a great restaurant […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on On Pushing Yourself, and Not Saying No
Hi everyone! Well, I hope the first class gave you a clear sense of what to expect in this course. I also assigned some homework, which was to prepare a speech of approximately five minutes, introducing yourself to the class. Here are the dos and don’ts I mentioned in class: DO: talk about yourself be […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Public Speaking Homework, Week 1
Here’s your homework for March 8th, 2011: Go out with your assigned group for a few hours, to get comfortable and make some contacts in the class. While you’re together, fill out one another’s student information sheets (which you can download below and print on your own). Bring them back to me on March 10th […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Information, Please!
… I thought I’d just update. There is no change in plans currently. We will continue as planned: after everyone has done a self-introductory speech (and I have given you my comments on them) we will do some specific, and fundamental, work on Public Speaking skills and a lot of exercises, and then you will […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Since there was no class on Thursday…
Sorry about the errors some of you were getting. The link for the Student Information Sheets should now be working on all pages in this site.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Student Info Sheets: Now Downloadable
Alright, folks, here’s the plan for next class: I’m going to give you my general reactions and feedback regarding your speeches, and take any questions you might have. We will do some exercises for building fundamental speechmaking skills. If there is time (there probably won’t be) we will start with the Fairy Tales that I […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Plan!
For those who are preparing proposals for the orientation contest, the deadline has been changed to this Monday, 4 April. Please be sure to submit your proposals to the Department office (IH341) by Monday afternoon.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Presentation Contest Deadline Changed
Just an update… this week, we’ve been workshopping the following skills: self-presentation & posture eye contact voice projection Your current series of speeches are telling a fairytale to the class. If you have told your story and would like to work ahead, then the next speech will be a step-by-step explanation of how to do […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on An Update…
We’re still in the middle of you guys telling Fairy Tales–as a way of practicing the following: Self-Presentation, Voice Projection, and Eye Contact. As I warned you, next up will be you telling Ghost Stories, as we work on a few more skills. I’ll have more to say about your midterm exam next week!Continue Reading... Comments Off on More Fairy Tales