Public Speaking Workshop

Public Speaking, Argumentation, & Leadership Workshop

June 16th-26th, 2019

Cost: $1500 (Commuter), $2500 (Residential)

$100 discount if deposit is purchased before April 1st

$100 discount for children of Georgetown faculty/staff

Georgetown Debate is pleased to announce the Public Speaking, Argumentation & Leadership Workshop for 2019!

This program is perfect for students looking to learn and practice the fundamentals of logic, persuasion, and refutation, and to build confidence speaking in front of others and thinking quickly on your feet in a supportive, non-competitive environment.

Public speaking is a critical skill valued highly across professions, yet most schools offer no training or practice in this area. Many people rate speaking in front of others as one of their top fears!

This workshop offers students the chance to develop and hone their abilities in a skillset that’s guaranteed to be useful in every aspect of life and beneficial to future opportunities, from college applications and job interviews to family gatherings and informal presentations. We will break down the barriers to speaking in front of others through a variety of structured activities designed to build and enhance fundamental logical and rhetorical skills. And, because practice makes perfect, students will have the opportunity to give speeches in a low-stakes environment guaranteed to build confidence!



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Dr. Lee Pierce, Visiting Assistant Professor in Communication at SUNY Geneso

Lee is an advanced scholar and teacher of rhetoric and persuasion who has taught public speaking and argumentation at the middle school, high school and collegiate level for over 10 years, including 5 years as an instructor for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIPS) Public Speaking, Advocacy, and Leadership Institute, and 3 years leading public speaking and argumentation workshops at Harvard University. She has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia and was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association.


Dr. Mikaela Malsin, Director of Debate at Georgetown University

Mikaela has worked with students of all ages and experience levels on the skills of public speaking and argumentation. As the director of debate at Georgetown University, she coaches students to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate debate.

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Camp Schedule

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with a lunch break. Evenings will include recreational activities for residential students, with options for additional one-on-one work with instructors.

Sample Day

9 am: Lecture – Fundamentals of Public Speaking

10:30-12pm: Group work and drills

12pm: Lunch (provided)

1-2pm: Lecture — Speech organization & oral vs. speech writing skills

2pm: Lecture — Delivery skills

2:30pm: Break

3pm: Group work on speech delivery

4-5pm: Group work on developing informative speeches on a specific topic

Questions? E-mail Mikaela Malsin at, or check out our FAQ page for information about logistics.

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