Week 3 – Review an argument

Workbook Activity 3: Review an argument Clemson University’s (2011) video “In Defense [sic] of Rhetoric” a bit ironic. The purpose of the video is to use rhetoric to persuade viewers of the benefits of rhetoric. Yet, the strength of the video’s (Clemson University, 2011) argument is somewhat weakened by the unconvincing tone of the narrator.... Continue Reading →


Week 3 – Consider your own use of rhetoric

Workbook Activity 2: Consider your own use of rhetoric https://soundcloud.com/taylor-battersby/persuasive-argument-example References Aristotle. (350 B.C.E.) Rhetoric. Rhys Roberts, W. (Trans). Retrieved from http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/rhetoric.mb.txt Battersby, T. (2018, March 15). Persuasive argument example [Audio file]. COMM12033 Speech and Script. Retrieved from https://soundcloud.com/taylor-battersby

Week 3 – Reflect on rhetoric

Workbook Activity 1: Reflect on 'rhetoric' Ames (2018, p. 1) was not exaggerating when she advised that reading the entirety of Aristotle’s Rhetoric (350 B.C.E., n.p.) was not going to be a quick and easy task. After my first day of reading, my brain felt like mush. I found Book I (Aristotle, 350 B.C.E., n.p.)... Continue Reading →

Week 2 – What makes a great speech?

Workbook Activity 2: What makes a great speech? This week, I was asked to examine three speeches, a motivational speaking presentation by Nick Vujicic (Nick Vujicic - DVD Part 1/11, 2011), Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech (Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech, 2013), and former US President... Continue Reading →

Week 2 – Define ‘professional voice’

Workbook Activity 1: Define ‘professional voice’ I think a professional voice is one which exudes confidence, is warm and balanced, and does not sound forced (Ames, 2018, p. 2). A professional voice sounds educated and slightly sophisticated, such as Barack Obama’s voice, but must strike a balance and not sound too posh or snobbish, like Kate... Continue Reading →

Week 2 – Nick Vujicic’s presentation

Optional Study Guide Activity 1: Reflect on Nick Vujicic's presentation According to speechwriting blogger Fletcher Dean (2011a; 2011b), there are five key components to a successful speech. In my opinion, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic (Nick Vujicic - DVD Part 1/11, 2011) successfully incorporated these components into the speech we were asked to examine this week. Dean’s... Continue Reading →

Week 1 – Discuss the importance of voice

Workbook Activity 2: Discuss the importance of voice There is no doubt that Julia Gillard has an unusual voice. Cornell (VoiceCoachGlobal, 2010) describes it as tight, breathless and nervy-sounding and I have to agree with her. I also agree with Cornell’s (VoiceCoachGlobal, 2010) statement that Julia’s voice is catered more towards Australia’s working class. However,... Continue Reading →


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