Step 1: Post the following on the discussion board.
Respond to the following, and if appropriate, include personal experience as part of your answers.
- Think about this statement: The most common major error that a speaker can make is to attempt to cover a topic that is too broad in scope.
- Imagine that you are preparing to speak to a group of high school students, with the purpose of motivating the students to vote. Your topic for this speech is “Today’s Teens Just Don’t Care.” Do you believe this topic is too broad? Explain why or why not.
- List the steps that you would take to narrow your topic.
Step 2: Read other students’ posts and respond to at least 2 other students.
Again, use any personal experience if appropriate to help support or debate other students’ posts. If differences of opinion occur, debate the issues professionally and provide examples to support your opinions.
Step 3: Instructor reviews posts.
Step 4: Instructor circulates an email summarizing steps public speakers can take to narrow their topic.