Sample Course Materials

I have collected here a sample of syllabi, class exercises, grading rubrics, and lectures that I have prepared for various courses.

In-Class Activity: Developing Speaking Notes

Colorado State University •SPCM 200 - Public Speaking


Provide opportunities for students to practice adapting a full sentence preparation outline into a condensed speaking outline


One of the important skills that I teach in my public speaking classes is how to prepare effective outlines and speaking notes. I emphasize the difference between a full-sentence preparation outline, which includes all of a speaker’s ideas and arguments, and speaker notes, which contain only enough information to keep the speaker on track. Being able to effectively develop speaking notes will help students reduce the amount of “reading off” they do doing their speeches, and provide opportunities to develop as a confident and effective public speaker.