*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Persuasive Public Speaking

This course offers the opportunity to learn strategies for more comfortable and effective communications in public speaking settings, with a focus on how to advocate more persuasively. Classes will discuss the strategies and techniques used in making effective and persuasive presentations, geared more to less-formal settings than formal speeches. The majority of the course will involve brief presentations by the class participants in each class, with friendly and constructive feedback from the instructor and class participants. The course is intended for both persons with no formal public speaking experience as well as more experienced public speakers. Those participants with the very common anxiety about public speaking will have an opportunity to  get more comfortable doing so.  Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, November 20.

Instructor Bio:

Scott spent most of his career as a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice in Washington and in the US Attorney's office in Richmond. During his career, Scott gave numerous speeches and presentations in both formal and informal settings. While in law school, he coached American University's intercollegiate debate and public speaking teams.

Required Reading:

There is no required reading, but participants will be expected to prepare a brief presentation for each class.  

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B201 N. Scott Sacks Nov 13, 27, Dec 4, 11 Tu 10:00-11:45 a.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church A

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