Students perform a variety of speeches and learn organization, research, structure and delivery techniques. Students learn conference techniques and interviewing skills.
Purpose of this Guide
This guide has been made to:
- help you to find ideas on what to talk about
- help you to find resources on the topic that you are talking about
- giving aids to speaking well
- giving examples of good speeches
What is Rhetoric and Public Speaking?
This is an image of Daniel Webster speaking in the United States Congress. Daniel Webster was considered a great orator.
Rhetoric is the art of using language to communicate effectively. It involves three audience appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos, as well as the five canons of rhetoric: invention or discovery, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Along with grammar and logic or dialectic, rhetoric is one of the three ancient arts of discourse
Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners