Split into groups of three to five students. As a group, develop 5 example situations of unethical behavior in public speaking. Once you are finished, switch situations with a different group. Decide how you can make changes to create ethical public speaking behavior.
Think about the following scenarios involving an ethical dilemma. How would you react?a) You attend a political debate on campus. The candidate's speech contains many ideas that you don't agree with. How can you be an ethical listener during the speech?
b) You are preparing to give a speech on a topic and realize that you have lost the citation information for one of your important sources. You can't seem to find this source again. What would you do to ethically prepare for the speech?
c) When practicing your speech on influential sports figures, you realize that you refer to the audience, your co-ed classmates, quite often as "you guys." Is this ethical language use? What changes would you make?
When preparing for your next speech, create an ethics journal. Write down the various ethical dilemmas as you encounter them. How did you decide what to do in these situations? What was the outcome?