Here's an interesting site for material on communication that we don't often see in our textbooks. Especially interesting are the lists of the ten best and worst speakers of different years. This, and much more on this site, will make for interesting class discussions. A great assignment in public speaking--perhaps advanced public speaking--would be to have students prepare a speech on a contemporary speaker he or she would nominate for the best or the worst speaker of the year and, of course, explain why. It would be an interesting way to discuss the qualities of an effective speech.