Mock Trial Strategies

What makes an Effective Public Speaker

What Makes an Effective Public Speaker?

Abraham Lincoln  during one of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Charleston, Illinois, Sept.18, 1858

A First Look

  • Who do you think are powerful public speakers?
  • Why do you feel this way?
  • What skills do they have that make them effecitve?

Barack Obama’s Three Best Public Speaking Skills

Transcendence, repetition and gestures/voice

  • What do you think?
  • Is President Obama an intelligent man?
  • Why do you think so?
  • When he speaks what does he do well?
  • What could he do better?
  • Do you think he gets nervous when speaking?

Other Clips to Reflect on

Excerpt Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech

  • What do you think?
  • What does he do well?
  • What techniques does he use?
  • How is he different from President Obama?

Malala Yousafzai’s Noble Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

  • What do you think?
  • What does she do well?
  • What techniques does she use?
  • How is she different form the other speakers we have seen?

 

Atticus Finch’s Closing Argument from “To Kill a Mocking Bird”

  • Explain a bit about what the case is about beforehand.
  • What do you think?
  • What did he do well?
  • What techniques did he use?
  • How is he different from the other speakers we have seen?

Reflecting on what's been Learned

  • With a partner, list the public speaking techniques you observed and the speaker who used them.
  • Share your list with the entire class.  
  • Create a master list of public speaking skills the group s identified and post this somewhere.  This list can then be expanded in future lessons.
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