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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.
A professional profile is to your resume as a thesis is your English paper or speech.
If written with high-impact in mind and without grammatical errors, a resume profile can get the document through application scanners and provide a recruiter a quick summary of the key highlights in a resume. The difference between a good profile and a great profile could be the difference between a recruiter reading your resume (great profile) or immediately passing on it and moving to the next candidate (bad or good profile)!
In this blog, we continue our resume writing journey (see our first post on the header) by providing a before and after look at our profile summaries.
In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, here is a look at 10 influential speakers and speeches you should know about this semester. This list is not exhaustive, only some of the strong advocates that have paved the way for so many LGBTQ+ voices to be heard are included. Leave us a comment below of some amazing LGBTQ+ icons that have impacted your life that did not make the list!