Public Speaking Lab

In this deep-dive extension of one of our most popular public speaking classes, participants will be challenged to advance their established public speaking skillset.

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Through the use of in-depth case studies, lecture and group work, you will learn to grow beyond abilities of a novice speaker and develop tools of a seasoned professional. Over the course of this six-week lab, you will develop and deliver three comprehensive presentations that will be evaluated by your peers and instructors.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PCOM1034.S18.1 Michael Fain, Christopher Hunter On-campus 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018

Instructor: Michael Fain

Michael Fain, J.D., has won more than 150 national speech awards. He is the former coach of the Rice University speech and debate team, as well as being the former director of forensics at the University of Houston. Dr. Fain is currently the chief financial officer of Impact Communications LLC which provides training and consulting for companies and individuals. He holds a J.D. and an MBA from the University of Houston.  

Christopher Hunter has won more than 125 national speech awards. He is formerly the director of community outreach for the University of Houston Forensic Society. Mr. Hunter is currently the chief executive officer of Impact Communications LLC. He has won six national collegiate championships in prose, poetry and oral interpretation.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Apr. 05, 2018

End Date: May 17, 2018

Schedule: 7-9:30 p.m.

Length: Six Thursdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $499

CEUs: 1.5

SHRM PDCs: 1.5

Note: This course is not currently accepting registrations. Please select JOIN WAITLIST below to receive a notification when the spring 2019 communication skills courses are available for registration.

  • Effective Public Speaking course alumni
  • Experienced speakers
  • Individuals looking to further improve their public speaking ability
  • Professionals who frequently make presentations
  • Educators
  • Public relations and sales professionals

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