Key Learnings in Public Speaking Fall 2008

On December 1, 2008, in Nixon's Classes, by Barbara Nixon

As our fall semester is winding down in my Public Speaking class at Georgia Southern University, we had a fun way to wrap up the key learnings.

Each student chose a small character (ninja, pirate or rubber ducky) from a basket and named the character. Then they each came up with a word or phrase that started with each letter in the name. (Full directions to the assignment are at my Becoming Learner Centered blog.)

A few volunteers came to the front of the class and presented their key learnings to us by showing their list and character on the document projector.

One of the characters, Bocephus the Pirate, even had a crush on me. It said so in the speech bubble near his head. Cute!

You’ll see what the key learnings for my students were as comments to this blog post. By having them create their own mnemonics in class today, I’m hopeful that they’ll remember many of the key points of this class long after it is over.

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15 Responses to Key Learnings in Public Speaking Fall 2008

  1. when i were in high school, i am always afraid of public speaking,,;

  2. Charles Cox says:

    i remember when i was still in high school, i always fear public speaking engagments.:.-

  3. green card says:

    Why this web site do not have other languages support?

  4. Felicia Jordan says:

    L – Listen to you clients
    I – Investor Relations
    G – Groundswell
    H – Honesty
    T – Twitter
    I – International (Think more Global instead of local)
    N – News sources (forming relations with journalist and other news sources)
    G – Group (forming relationships with co-workers and executive members

  5. mason says:


    j- join the participation

    e- eye contact

    t- transitions

    h- hand outs given at the end

    r- respond to questions if needed

    o- over look distractions

  6. Vonnetta says:

    C reativity
    U se voice effectively
    T ransition well
    I nformed on topic
    E ye contact

  7. Jimond Blackshear says:

    Join in discussion when the opportunity arises
    Only use gestures when necessary
    Have speech prepared prior to speaking unless it is an impromptu
    Hold all question and comments until the end of a persons speech or when asked to do otherwise
    You should always be dressed for the party

    Feel comfortable when giving a speech
    Express points in detail with examples when possible
    Examine the audience before inputting jokes, comments etc.
    Talk clearly and know pronunciations of tricky words prior to giving the speech
    Stay on the subject of speech(don’t ramble for space fillers)

  8. Jerome Bacon says:

    Jack the Black

    J–Just relax

    A–Applaud after each speech

    C–Conclusions have to make a lasting impression

    K–Keep within time limit when giving speech

    T–Take notes about what the speaker is talking about

    H–Have notecards on hand in case of a slip-up

    E–Exhale if you’re nervous about giving your speech

    B–Be a good listener

    L–Laugh at the speakers jokes even if they’re not funny

    A–Always create an outline before writing your actual speech

    C–Concentrate on the mainpoints

    K–Keep eye contact with audience

  9. Jaleesa Holden says:

    D- ”Direct eye contact” Making direct eye contact with certain members in the audience can be calming.

    U- ”Utilize” Utilize your resources when researching speech topics.

    L- ”Listen” You never know what you’ll miss, you could’ve learned something.

    I- ”Indicate” Indicate your purpose for speaking.

    E- ”Emphasize” Stress the key points in your speech.

  10. LaKea Burrison says:

    Hilary Claire
    H-Humor can work
    I-Intelligent choices should be made
    L-Leave a lasting impression
    A-Avoid distractive visual aids
    R-Respect those who are speaking
    Y-Yelling doesn’t get your point across

    C-communicate effectively
    L-Listen to you audience
    A-Adapt to problems
    I-Inspire you audience
    R-Research your topic
    E-Eye Contact is important

  11. Marquisa Woodard says:


    Z-most important goal of speaking is to catch the attention of your audience
    A-void using distracting gestures
    I-nvestigate audience
    D-irect eye contact is always helpful
    A-void using space fillers (uh, um, etc)
    H-elps to converse with your audience

  12. Philippe Bolduc says:

    Stay silent
    Hear what people have to say
    Eye contact
    Remember what is said
    Information that is credible
    Feelings you prtray
    Focus on the audience

  13. Sheyi Adekunle says:

    Rock Lee, and remember people, Hard work defeats natural genius so study hard!!!

    Remember to stay on topic
    Organize your speech before hand
    Communicate your ideas clearly
    Know about your topic

    Listen to the speaker
    Examine your audience beforehand and pick a topic that relates to them
    Eye contact is essential

  14. Ryan Poole says:

    Stay focused
    crush your fears
    use gestures
    be confident
    avoid distractions

    Speak clearly
    treat each speaker respectfully
    everyone should listen
    value others
    each speech can make a difference

  15. Greer Peel says:

    L istening carefully
    I interacting with audience
    Z (s)ources
    Z (s)peaking tow outline
    I ntroduction being properly used