Approaching Public Speaking

Welcome to Module 1 of SP180 – Principles of Public Speaking.

Activities and Assignments

Below are the module assignments and activities:

Task Assignment/Activity Recommended Completion Schedule
Read Read the following early in the module to help you complete your assignments:
Chapters 1-4 in your text.
Additional Readings and Videos:
Hasson, U. (2017, February 01). This is your brain on communication. [Video file]. Retrieved from
Nichols, R. (n.d.). Listening a 10 Part Skill. Retrieved from (Original work published July 1957)
International Listening Association. (n.d.). Listening Facts. Retrieved from
TEDx Talks. (2017, December 15). How I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking | Danish Dhamani | TEDxKids@SMU. [Video file]. Retrieved from
Practical Psychology. (2018, October 31). 5 Conversation and Communications Tips (With Exercises). Retrieved from
“Growing Leaders Inc. (2012, January 23). Every Presentation Ever: Communication FAIL. [Video file]. Retrieved from
Ripley, R. (2014, May 7). We’re Learning – Are You Listening? [Video file]. Retrieved from
View Online Lecture: View the online lecture(s) on this week’s topics available on the Lecture course page.
Submit Quiz 1 Sunday
Module Objectives

At the conclusion of this module, you should be able to:

Understand what it means to be a public speaker.
Determine how to balance communication resources to speak effectively.
Discover the role of consciousness in skill learning.
Practice effective listening skills.
Summarize the guidelines for providing constructive feedback.
Recognize listening pitfalls.
Recognize the ethical implications of your choices during the speechmaking process.
Describe the benefits of a balanced use of logic, emotion, and credibility in speaking.
Explain the body’s biological response to fear.
Develop a plan for managing public-speaking anxiety.

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