Public speaking: Comparison speech preparation with "would you rather…" gambits

In today’s seminar class, this semester’s theme being public speaking, we began a new section on comparison speeches. The goal is for everyone to make a speech comparing two things that are important to him or her.

Since today’s class was a preparation class, we did impromptu speeches on topics that began with the question, “Would you rather…” I translated a list of these gambits that are listed here into English and used them with some modifications to make them applicable to my students. For example, “Would you rather have a one-year supply of chocolate or a lifetime supply of potatoes,” I changed potatoes to rice.

The students enjoyed it, and are now ready to prepare topics for comparison.


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