ERIC Number: EJ888836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Reference Count: 6
Persuasive Speaking: It's Just a Game!
Fellows, Kelli L.; Madden, Steven J.
Communication Teacher, v20 n2 p49-52 Apr 2006
For many students, public speaking is a communication apprehension inducing event. Others may enter the public speaking classroom as confident speakers but are restrictive in their approach to topic selection and alternative solution development. Both scenarios present a particular challenge for teachers who require students to present a variety of speeches that employ differing tactics or strategies. In the context of persuasive speaking, either type of student may be impaired in their preparatory abilities in researching and strategizing a speech. This article presents an activity in the form of a game to aid both the apprehensive and the confident student and to enable them to understand the methodology and components involved in effective persuasive message creation and delivery. Through this exercise, students are given seemingly unrelated items and are instructed to develop a persuasive speech that presents a convincing argument. Specific guidance on the activity is limited so that students must depend on their own creativity and strategies learned during classroom lecture to develop their speeches.
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speeches, Speech Communication, Persuasive Discourse, Rhetorical Invention, Creative Activities, Teaching Models, Instructional Design, Communication Skills, Communication Strategies
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Education Level: Higher Education
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