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Effective Speaking

by Mary McDermott

It was by accident that I became an Effective Speaking teacher. I applied at the local community college to teach English a couple weeks before the semester was scheduled to begin.

“I don’t have any English classes,” said Jim Morgan, the Chairman of the English/Communications Department, “but I do have one Effective Speaking class available.”

“I’ve never taught Effective Speaking,” I said.

“Doesn’t matter.”

“Never even took it,” I continued.

“Doesn’t matter, ” he said. “Effective Speaking is the easiest class in the college to teach. Anyone can teach it.” He leaned forward toward me.

It’s amazing what department chairs will say when they’re hard pressed for a teacher.

“What days does it meet?” I asked.

“Monday and Wednesday at 11:00. At the satellite campus. St. James High School. In Spokane.”

“How long does it take to get there?

“Where do you live?”

“Johnston.”

“45 minutes, max.”

“And it pays $1800.00 like the English classes?”

“Right.”

“Is that all you have?”

“That’s it at the moment.”

“How many speeches do they have to do?”

“I think about four or five.”

“Is there a text book?”

“Certainly.”

“What’s the class size limit?

“Sixteen students.”

I could handle sixteen

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