As a managers and analysts of public policy, you will explain new procedures and advocate specific policies to a variety of listeners. The purpose of Professional Speaking 90-718 is to refine your ability to verbally present and visually display specialized knowledge so that its significance for listeners is clear. Assignments in Professional Speaking focus on organizational skills, argumentation, extemporaneous delivery, and use of computer graphics. Each presentation is an exercise in "thinking aloud." Presenters are asked to identify the outcomes they want to achieve, cite sources of information they use, and design visual aids that reinforce major points of their presentations. With the exception of the ceremonial speech, all presentations are to be based on material related to participants' experience and/or training in some aspect of public policy and management. You will give four formal speeches and a variety of informal presentations in this class.