De Anza College Public Speaki


Explore the diverse research, voices, ideas, and opinions regarding public speaking beyond our textbook, “just in time” for your first major speech!

1. First, explore:

Find a video or article (online or through our library’s databases) that explores or intersects some aspect of public speaking (from a scholarly, popular or opinion stance) that challenges you.

OR find an speech that you love! 

Don’t duplicate the videos or articles of your peers!  Dig deeper than just the first page of searches.

  • Read or watch and take notes of the aspects that strike you/you find the most helpful: Basically, what are your take-aways and how will you implement them? 

2. Then, post the following 

Share the video or article in your post (preferably, embed the article or video so we can open it within your post; alternatively, attach the article or provide a link to the video).

How do I upload and embed media as a student? (Links to an external site.) 

  • Post your notes about your key take-aways and how you’ll implement them (paste these directly in to your post; don’t attach). (at least 150 words)

For the speech example, what did you learn about speeches through this example (this can be related to anything we’ve explore so far e.g. organization, delivery, topics, language, etc.)

  • And come up with your own “Personal Reading Question” for someone else in the class to give a response:

Based on the reading you found, this question can be about something you found… exciting? Interesting? Confusing? Stimulating? Liberating? Frustrating? Thought provoking?

  • Label this question as, “Personal Reading Question” and place it at the bottom of your discussion entry. 

3. Lastly, respond to at least three of your classmate’s “Personal Reading Questions” 

Reply these three:Tiana MaiYesterdayNov 23 at 3:10pmManage Discussion EntryA key takeaway I got from this video was how important ideas are especially when communicated clearly as it can alter someone’s view of a topic or even the world. Since everyone has a different worldwide view, if you can get them to see your idea, it can also impact their actions. Therefore it is super important to make clear of your idea and build on it by focusing on one single topic. This allows you to build on that idea through examples, context and familiar concepts that the audience will understand. This is the same concept with our thesis for outlines and speeches as we have to focus on one idea and expand on it. You should also get your audience to care so they’ll listen and to do this, get them to be curious about the topic you’re talking about and make sure the idea benefits them, not just you otherwise it won’t be worthy of sharing. I will implement these ideas by asking myself if my speech meets these key points he brings up in the video like is it beneficial to others and if I have only one key point for my speech.Personal reading question: What other key components do you think Ted Talk speakers have in common that makes their speeches so intriguing?video: (Links to an external site.)Quynh NguyenYesterdayNov 23 at 8:11pmManage Discussion Entry…A key takeaway that I have in this video was how the speaker could manage his humor throughout his speech. I noticed that he was really calm even when he told his jokes to the audience even though sometimes the whole audience burst out of laugh but he just smirked or smiled a little and continue his speech. Also, I can easily point out his thesis statements in his introduction which were “topic, visual, and delivery”. Another thing that I really liked about his speech was that he used visuals or diagrams to support his speech and make his speech easier to understand and also be more interesting. His organization was pretty neat and simple but yet enough fun to make the audience laugh. One lesson that I have learned after watching this video is that a long fancy speech is not always good and a short simple speech is not always bad. Personal reading question: What topic would you choose if you are at TedTalk?Amra SivicAmra SivicYesterdayNov 23 at 8:27pmManage Discussion Entry (Links to an external site.)The key takeaway from this video on public speaking is that the number task of a speaker is to transfer an idea into the mind of the audience. Chris Anderson talks about how a few million interconnected neurons are linked together in order to represent a single idea. When one speaks, that pattern is then recreated inside the minds of those who listen to a speaker. In order to effectively do this, it talks about one should limit the speech to one major idea, give the audience a reason to care, build an idea using familiar notions, and make the idea worth sharing. For my next speech, I’ll start looking at it from a standpoint that is similar to “copying data.” I have to be clear and concise with my “coding” (words) in order to get an effective result. He also mentions audience analysis being taken into consideration in order to have an effective speech, something we’ve learned about before. Furthermore, throughout the video, he keeps coming back to using vivid language in order to describe the one major idea effectively. I think this is useful and in my next speech I need to make sure that my major idea is simple and that the explanation is more complex.Personal reading question: Would you agree with Chris Anderson that the one thing that all great speeches have in common is their ability to implement an idea into the audience’s mind?

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