A variety of models exist for teaching persuasive speaking to beginning speakers. A common shortcoming of models is that they require additional instruction to ensure student understanding. The Developmental Speech Sequence Model (DSSM) is an approach that can be applied effectively with beginning forensics competitors. The 10-point model described in this report is detailed but it also allows the speaker degrees of creative freedom. Forensics coaches can modify use of this model depending on the experience and skill level of the beginning competitor, allowing for a more customized approach that can benefit the student. Ten points within three sections comprise the DSSM: introduction, body, and conclusion. Justification for this approach is also recognized via the evolution of the in-formation age and corresponding new communication technologies. These new communication technologies expand the forms and formats for expression and message creation. The benefits of this type of developmental approach establish primary points the speaker can use as guideposts. As current and future generations of students advance into forensics competition, they will benefit from these types of developmental themes.
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"Stressing a Developmental Approach Toward Persuasion in Interscholastic Forensics,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 50
, Article 6.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol50/iss1/6