January 04, 2004

DaPrato, John Silver_nugget
Public Speaking

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Take this class! Professor DaPrato is a great guy and a wonderful professor. His classes go by quickly and are really interesting and amusing. But more importantly, this is the most useful class you will ever take at Columbia. The skills that he teaches you will be invaluable for your future, whatever career you choose. He will teach you to not only be a great public speaker, but how to organize your thoughts clearly for other people, how to persuade and influence others through logical reasoning, how to present yourself, and how to impress anyone you come across (especially useful for job interviews). He is easy to talk to and will always take time outside of class to help you with your speeches or answer any questions you may have. This was one of the best classes I have ever taken at Columbia and I highly recommend it.


The workload is not heavy at all. The speeches take time to prepare but you can always choose a topic that interests you and so the prep time goes by fast. The midterm and final are easy if you do the reading.