Persuading a Hostile Audience

This activity was submitted by Ronald Lee at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


1) Prepare a 5 to 9 minute extemporaneous speech.

2) The speaker must choose a hostile audience topic. The speech may persuade the audience about a controversial issue of fact, value, or policy.

3) The speaker should employ appropriate strategies for addressing hostile audiences. These strategies may include:

a) Using the strategy of implicit rather than explicit conclusion-drawing.