Using TED Talks inside and outside the Public Speaking Classroom

6 Jan

Pat Foltz, public speaking teacher points out:

My Public Speaking students (college level) view a different Ted Talk each week and respond to those talks using the 4Rs: Reminders, Reinforcers, Rebuttals and Revelations. They usually become TEDheads by the end of a semester. They are all watching the same talk each week. I have mixed them up semester to semester, but the following are always favorites:
Sir Ken Robinson (any of his! I always start their TED experience with one by him.)
Benjamin Zander on music and passion (A HUGE crowd pleaser!)
Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight
Melinda Gates on what not for profits can learn from Coca-Cola

My surprise is the discussions that students have about the speakers. Some will love them, some will be indifferent and some will be bored. They will start analyzing why they liked or didn’t like a speaker and learn so much about knowing your audience and what strategies work and why!

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One Response to “Using TED Talks inside and outside the Public Speaking Classroom”

  1. Carolyn McAllister February 16, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    I’m teaching an Intro to Human Communications class at a community college – this is my first semester teaching it. How can I obtain more information about using the 4Rs: Reminders, Reinforcers, Rebuttals and Revelations with TED Talks?

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