Monroe's Motivated Sequence

Learning goals

During Monroe's Motivated Sequence, you are going to learn to use the motivational speaking theory Monroe's Motivated Sequence (MMS), listen to motivational speakers and inversion grammar in order to hold a ~5 minute speech. The main skills that you will improve are listening, adapting to theory, speaking and discussing.

You will learn by studying other public speakers, participate in spoken discussions and practice using cue cards to improve your presentation skills.

Successful students will be able to:

Purpose, core contents, knowledge requirements and graduation goals

“Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men”, said Plato. The spoken language is the tool and the medium for transferring power in many parts of society. Politicians speak in parliament while influences speak to their followers;  it is using the spoken word that we convey our opinions, thoughts and emotions and when someone listens, we create something new through dialogue. Whether or not we speak to change, manipulate or to influence, our words carry weight, and occassionally, the impact makes people change. How does that work? That is for us to investigate. 

You are going to learn how to hold a speech with the aim to motivate your listeners to take action. The topic is of your choice but has to be of a nature where the listeners will practically do something as a result of listening to you.  You will have two chances to perform your speech, one recorded by yourself and the other in front of the class. Both are obligatory and but your first motivational speech is a base for peer-review where you will be assessed by other student.

These activities are chosen to meet the aim of the subject in order to improve your spoken language, interaction with others in speech, adaption of your language to different situations, to develop correctness and to use different strategies to support communication (Skolverket, 2011).

In order to better perform a motivational speech, you will study rhetorics, advanced vocabulary, body movements, vocal patterns, famous speeches and how to record yourself using digital tools. 

Core contents:

Knowledge requirements