Speaking Up

An off-white loudspeaker mounted on top of a turquoise wall.


What's the point of having good ideas if nobody understands them or hears them properly? Can the study and practice of rhetoric help communicate your ideas effectively to the world?

In eight lunchtime sessions, participants will learn about effective speaking in a variety of contexts, and have opportunity to practice their skills in a supportive environment.

Topics will include forms of speaking such as presentations on a topic, debating, chairing a meeting, introducing and thanking speakers, using technology effectively, and participating effectively in council debates on motions.

There will be some short video selections of outstanding speeches, and practice sessions in public reading of selected passages. This section of Ideas for the World will be of interest to anyone wishing to enhance speaking skills while being supported for improvement without having to earn a grade.


Tuesdays, September 20-November 15

12:00-2:00 pm

Copper Room, Second Floor, Goldring Student Centre (Room 216)

Note: There will be no session on Tuesday, November 8, due to the university's fall break.


At each session, lunch will be provided for all participants. Dietrary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.



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