As you prepare your final presentations, you will need to deal with the issue of “authority.”

Consider why the root for “author” is the same as the root for “authority.” How does authority, viewed this way, differ from our common perception of “authority” in a bureaucratic or militant way?

In a persuasive argument, YOU are the authority. What puts YOU in a good position to give this speech? Why should people listen to YOU? What background, experience, perspective do YOU have that will motivate others to listen?

Discuss some examples of what gives a person authority in a presentation…

What authority do you have in your own presentation?

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