SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
Whether you are speaking to your class, giving a toast at a wedding, or presenting an idea to co-workers, you will have to encounter public speaking at some point in your life. I am Mitch Brown, the Director of the Speakers Center here at SIUC, a second year M.A. Student in Communication Studies, and a CMST 101 Intro to Oral Communication G.T.A. (Graduate Teaching Assistant). With my experience, I am here to teach you how to successfully overcome your fear of public speaking.
The New Year has finally come, and we are all still figuring out the realm of public speaking in a global pandemic. As you start to ease into the new semester and the New Year, the Speaker’s Center has some helpful tips and tricks to making your presentations and oral projects a success!
There is only so much more time until the Speaking Your Story Project ends for the semester. Do not miss your chance for your creative work to be showcased next semester and have the chance to be awarded a scholarship for your efforts. Deadline for submissions is this Friday at midnight- do not let this opportunity pass by! Visit Speaking Your Story Project for more!
As we near the end of 2020 and the Fall semester, some of our volunteers at the Speaker’s Center reflect on the question:
What is the most impactful speech you’ve witnessed? Most of our graduate assistants have taught public speaking in the past or they are currently amid grading your final persuasive speeches, nevertheless our wonderful patrons have seen some amazingly given speeches by our undergraduate students. Our public speaking classes are so important to us and we have the great fortune to watch our students blossom into their own speaking confidence.
Enjoy some of our favorite moments and speeches we’ve witnessed as you finish up your finals week!
If you’re looking for a great way to structure persuasive arguments, look no further than the Toulmin Model of Argumentation. This model was created by the philosopher Stephen Toulmin as a way to analyze people’s arguments. He believed that the best arguments fit into the same structure and were based on how well the argument was justified. If an argument was correctly justified, it would stand up to scrutiny by the audience. Since the model was developed, people have found it is also incredibly effective when they are developing their arguments. You can use this model to help structure a persuasive essay or a persuasive speech.
According to Toulmin, all successful arguments contain a claim, a warrant, and grounds. Arguments may also contain qualifiers, backing, and rebuttals. Let’s look at each of those terms a little more closely.
Everyday we communicate with our family, friends, and even our pets. Our communication ecosystem is so broad and we create points and arguments all the time. In this blog, I will be talking about building a persuasive argument or point. This is as easy as stating your favorite ice cream flavor or stealing underpants.