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Lesson 1

Introduction to Public Speaking

In this chapter your students will learn that…
■ We speak publicly in different ways in our daily lives.
■ The purpose of speech is to communicate known truth to others (CCC 2485).
■ The three main reasons for public speaking are to inform, entertain, or persuade.

Lesson Vocabulary

  • Impromptu Speeches
    Brief speeches delivered on the spur of the moment.
  • Extemporaneous Speeches
    Short speeches that are delivered with limited preparation time, often using note cards.
  • Manuscript Speeches
    Speeches where the speaker reads aloud or delivers from memory a longer speech written ahead of time.
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