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    Feb 06, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If you are apprehensive to participating in class or getting called on by the teacher, then i encourage you to put that aside and sign up for this course anyways. David calls on everyone no matter where you sit. I saw severe introverts transform into confident public speakers under Davids teaching methods. The way he treats one student is the way he'll treat them all. He is fair, understanding, and above all loves to mess with you.

    Course highlights:

    This course is the best way to get over any possible fears of public speaking you may possess. The entire lecture is one big speech that you get to sit back and enjoy. He teaches you the fundamentals and then shows you how to use them effectively and ethically. There was never a dull moment during Davids class. One memory in particular that sticks out is when we were learning about speaking persuasively. He showed us a video of a trainer advertising a piece of workout equipment. At the end of the video he walks behind his desk, grabs the same device and hooks it up to the classroom door. He then called on a student who was also a personal trainer and asked him to exercise with it. After we watched him break the ice with his ridiculously hilarious workout attempt, other students started lining up to give it a try while me and some other students sat on top of our desks and laughed hysterically. Days like this were common in Davids classroom. He always found a way to bring the class together and feel comfortable with each other. I never saw a person hesitant to speak up in his class. Everyone knew everyones names and knew what they were like. Wether you're taking public speaking because you want to or you have to, you'll walk out of his class on the last day with a clear grasp of the fundamentals, and about 30 new friends

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    There are a few things anyone considering taking Davids class should know. He wont stand for talking while others are giving a speech, using false information to while giving a speech, or unfairly categorizing groups of people in a malicious way; he will call you out on for these. Otherwise, if you come to class, listen and participate, then you will be excellent.

    • Fall 2016
    • David Monnette
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