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September, 2008:

Sen. McCain’s Acceptance Speech @ RNC – Sept. 4, 2008

What a difference a week makes. As big a deal as Barack Obama’s acceptance speech was last week, the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. McCain’s running mate has dominated the news cycle. From the news that her 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant, to coverage of the ‘troopergate’ scandal, and what Gov. Palin’s role might have been in the Alaska Independence Party, the introduction of the Republican VP candidate has piqued the public’s interest. More than 37 million viewers watched Gov. Palin give her acceptance speech last night- just a million fewer than watched Obama the week before. In case you missed it, here are some highlights:

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Of course, the top of the ticket, Sen. John McCain, accepted his party’s nomination tonight. Here is a video copy of the speech:

You can also find the interactive video/transcript on the New York Times page. For this blog entry, outline what you think was the most important argument laid out by Sen. McCain, why you think it is so important, how you think Sen. Obama could respond, and what audience Sen. McCain was speaking to with that argument (not just the general audience- what group of voters would he expect to find that argument appealing). Finally, how effective was the speech, and why?

Speaking Center Workshops – Be sure to check these out

Announcing: Speaking Center Fall Workshops!

Each workshop below consists of a brief presentation on the topic, with opportunities for individual follow-up discussions in a relaxed atmosphere:

Speech Basics: Tuesday September 23 at 5 p.m.

Stumped on how to spice up your speeches? Let the Speaking Center help you think of fresh introductions, interesting transitions, and innovative PowerPoint to start your first speech of the semester smoothly.

Speech Anxiety and Confidence: Wednesday October 22 at 5 p.m.

Does the thought of presenting a speech make you want to drop the class? Welcome to the club. This workshop offers some helpful ways to reduce anxiety and display confidence in public speaking.

Group Discussion: Thursday November 20 at 5 p.m.

This workshop will be an engaging opportunity to improve your group discussion skills. As professors focus on class participation and dialogue, you have the choice to become an active leader and participant in your classes. Attending this workshop will help you acquire the skills to effectively communicate here at UMW and in the future.

Pizza and light refreshments will be served at all workshops.

Contact the Speaking Center at x. 1347 or spkc@umw.edu today to reserve a spot!

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