Effective Advocacy and Public Speaking Winter 2023

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Clear and persuasive public speaking, whether before a small group or a much larger audience, is essential to effective leadership and career development. This course is designed to enhance a student’s ability to develop a position on a significant issue and to advance and defend that position orally. This course will give students, either singly or in pairs, numerous opportunities to make presentations and receive immediate feedback from the Instructors. The course will consist of three sessions per week lasting approximately 120-150 minutes, with an initial organizational session to select a topic to be presented or debated. Students may choose the method of their presentation, and each students may select their own presentation topic or choose from a list of suggested issues.
The Class: Format: lecture; Class sessions will be devoted to developing oral skills (3-5 minutes each), such as telling a story, giving a political speech, making a sales pitch, and explaining an abstract idea or concept. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in mock job interviews with representatives from the fields of education, medicine, law and finance. As a capstone project, the students will present on a topic of their sole selection for 7-9 minutes and answer questions from students and instructors.
Limit: 12
Expected: NA
Class#: 1195
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: oral presentations of 3-10 minutes throughout the course, but no less than once a week; listen to and critique each other's presentations throughout the course
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference to seniors
Unit Notes: David Olson and Stephen Brown are experienced trial lawyers and Robert Schwed is an experienced business lawyer. They taught this course in January 2022 as LEAD-16.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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