Why Public Speaking?

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Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, students will be able to understand the historical path, relevance, and importance of public speaking in a modern society. Students will be able to relate historical events to their own journey in public speaking. Furthermore, students will be able to understand the role public speaking has in a modern society. Students will understand the ties between arts and science relating to public speaking.

This section provides a brief historical background of public speaking. 

This section discusses the important role public speaking has in a modern society.

This section discusses the age old question of if public speaking should be considered a science or an art.

Review Questions

1) What is ethos? Pathos? And logos? How do they all relate together? 

2) Who first wrote about ethos, pathos, and logos?

3) Contrast the differences between humanism and rationalism.

4) What are the three types of credibility? How are they similar? 

5) Who first recognized the need to distinct introduction, body, and conclusion sections in speech?

6) Why is public speaking relevant today?

7) What skills will you learn in a public speaking class? Why is it important to learn these skills?

8) How is public speaking an art? How is it a science? How do they intermingle?