Student to Showcase Speaking Skills Wednesday

Cobden, Ill., Student to Speak on Relational Abuse

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 29, 2006 — Has your boss asked you to speak at your department staff meeting this week, informing your colleagues about a new business concept? Do you need to give a sales presentation and influence or persuade your clients? Or, have you been asked to introduce a new product to your sales staff?

If you’re not a savvy communicator and wish to improve your speaking skills, then Southeast Missouri State University has the right course for you.

Students enrolled in SC105 “Fundamentals of Oral Communication” this semester will be studying the oldest academic discipline known to humankind – public speaking.

Dr. Glen Williams, associate professor of communication studies, says he knows public speaking can be intimidating to some people. But developing speaking skills can be fun and worthwhile too, he says.

Take Kate Winzenburger, a Southeast sophomore from Cobden, Ill., for example. She took SC105 during the spring 2005 semester and will return to the classroom tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 30, to demonstrate what she learned about public speaking techniques to those newly enrolled in the course this semester. “Southeast is a place of opportunity and growth,” Williams said. “It is a place that truly values student learning.”

That’s why Winzenburger was chosen from a pool of more than 200 students as this year’s Speakers Showcase presenter. In her speech, Winzenburger will examine relational abuse in teenage and early adult relationships. She will explore the magnitude of the problem, what constitutes a problem, and measures victims and their friends can take to address the problem.

“The Speakers Showcase is for those newly enrolled in the course, as well as other interested parties, who would benefit from seeing what a good speech consists of,” Williams said.

“The speech is one of the best I’ve seen,” he said. “Winzenburger addresses an important topic – illuminating something we should all be concerned about and why, as well as what we can do.”

The Speakers Showcase, held every semester, is now in its fifth year. The speech and the discussion that follows, provide a good model for newly-enrolled students to follow. Winzenburger will speak at noon in the University Center Ballroom.

“The event is open to the public for anyone interested in public speaking,” Williams said.

The Speakers Showcase is sponsored by the Southeast Department of Communication, the student group Commrades and several businesses in Cape Girardeau, including Horizon Screen Printing, Southeast Computer Solutions, Buffalo Wild Wings and Grace Café.

For more information on the Speakers Showcase or SC105, contact Williams at (573) 651-2493.