Going Digital AND Persuasive Speaking – for Speech and Beyond

This week starts our series of Workshop Wednesdays!! An opportunity for you to grow and dig deeper into some of speech and debate categories. One of our fabulous coaches, Isabelle Clausen, will kick our week off with Digital Design – a great overview of how to make your speeches digital for Digital Presentation or Expository. Next, she will explore Persuasive Speaking. Not quite sure you want to sign up? Isabelle will give you the reasons to try these Platform Speech Categories…

Digital Presentation/Expos

Have you ever attended a conference or gone to a speaking event and you see speakers who use beautiful presentations as their visual aids? Have you wondered how they create such beautiful designs and how they organize their speech is such an eloquent way?

Let me tell you, I used to wonder the same exact thing! During my first semester of college, I took a public speaking class, and we were graded not only on our actual speaking skills, but also on our digital design skills. Even though that was my first speaking class in college, I now know that every college class I’ve taken has required a presentation, and students are graded on their design skills and their speaking skills!

I had to learn the hard way about how to create a digital presentation (and let me tell you, I’m not a “techy” millennial, as old people like to call us!) I had to constantly watch tutorials on Youtube and do trial and error tests, figuring out which programs to use and what ideas to put onto the presentation slides.

But guess what? As you go through your competition season, go to college, or go straight into the workforce, I DON’T WANT YOU TO LEARN THE HARD WAY! 🙂 I want to teach you what I wish I knew when I gave my first graded digital presentation!

For all you NCFCA competitors out there, the new speech event is called Digital Presentation! I’m so excited for you all to compete in this event, because giving a speech with a digital aid is SO MUCH FUN! But I also don’t want you to stress about all the design and organization techniques… that’s why I created this class!

For all you STOA competitors out there, don’t feel left out! You can use digital presentations in your expository speeches! If you really want to impress your judges with a beautiful and well-crafted digital presentation, this class is for you!

Even if you’re not even a speech and debate nut and your mom is just forcing you to do this, this class is for you because eventually, you’re going to have to give at least one digital presentation in your life! 🙂 I suggest you learn the skills sooner rather than later! 🙂

If you’re interested in this workshop, it is on August 7th at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CT time. I hope to see you at this workshop! 🙂 To sign up, Click HERE.

Persuasive Speaking

Have you ever had a conversation with a friend or even a random stranger, and you two are just not seeing eye to eye? Do you have a message to share that you wish that person also believed in it, too? Of course, you can’t make anyone believe something; they are the ones that have to make that decision. However, you can frame your arguments and your statements in such a way that makes your belief sound logical worth believing in.

Maybe you have this issue with your judges. Perhaps you’ve competed in persuasive before, or maybe you compete in debate, as well! Even in limited preparation speeches, you’re pretty much persuading the judge to believe what you believe. The reason that you share speeches is because you care about a specific topic and want your judge to care, as well!

So how do you do it? Regardless of if you’re speaking to your friend, a stranger, or your judge, how do you prove your point?

It all starts with finding the “crux” of the argument. Which common basis do you, and the person you’re speaking to, agree on? Do you both agree that everyone desires fulfillment in this life? Do you both agree that people have to make decisions for themselves? Do you agree that everyone on this earth desires some sort of relationship?

Whatever common argument you two agree on, whatever “crux” you two land on, you then have the opportunity to share why your specific believe has value and is logically superior. But you may ask, “How do I do this in a humble way?” It all depends on your tone, your pitch, and the specific words you use!

If you want to learn more about this type of persuasive technique, and if you want to learn how to prove your point in a humble way, I encourage you to attend my Power of Persuasion online workshop! It will be on August 7th at 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CT time.

I look forward to seeing you at this fun and insightful workshop! 🙂

Both workshops take place online THIS Wednesday night! All of our online workshops use a tool called Zoom, which means they will be recorded. You should receive the recording later that evening. Not all workshops will be available for purchase after the session. Therefore, we encourage you to sign up and be guaranteed to receive the recordings.

Check out all of Lasting Impact! Wednesday Workshops. So many opportunities to grow in Speech and Debate in August!! Click HERE.