CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Six Outline,Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Attendance speech: speak for 30 seconds or less about your parents.


Hand back Present Yourself Quizzes and other graded presentations.

Four to Six page paper critiquing a formal speech given outside of class (due: Friday Oct 26, 4pm) peer edited by a labmate

If you use PowerPoint, keep text to a minimum (fewer than seven lines, and seven words per line) and put blank neutral dark slides in between for the time you are speaking about other things.  PRACTICE AHEAD IN THE ROOM YOU WILL GIVE YOUR PRESENTATION.  Check UVM Facilities Scheduling and click on the R25 Webview link for listings of when the room is free.  Have a "Plan B" if something goes wrong (projector lamp burns out, power goes out, can't get the file loaded, etc.).


  1. Practice the standing exercise.  Keep hands out of pockets. No Gum, No hats. End with "Thank You" (not with "that's about it").  Work on strong hooks, strong conclusions and pausing for effect.
  2. When presenting in lab, let the Master of Ceremonies call for questions, not you the speaker.
  3. Practice your informational and persuasive presentations.
  4. READING ASSIGNMENT: The Art of Public Speaking: Chapters. 18.  This completes the reading assignments for the course!  Use the texts as references from here on out.
  5. Read suggestions for improving presentations online.

Be sure you know your Speech date and lab role assignment, these have been updated!

Hand in your reflection paper in a POCKET FOLDER with your name, speech title, and date delivered on the front cover.  Inside the folder, in the pockets should be: 1. Your reflection paper (speech I prepared for, speech I gave, improvements for next time):

a. The speech I prepared for :  Why you chose your topic…how your conducted your research…the credibility of your sources, especially web –based sources…the objectives of your speech…how you went about constructing the speech…the amount and type of practice you did…who you practiced in front of, and how many times...the feedback you received…any other preparation.  

b.   The speech I gave :  Give details of how your speech went…comparison of the speech with the one you practiced…what was going on in your head during the speech…what the video tape showed…things you did right…things you did wrong…student critique comments…anything else concerning the actual speech and how it felt to you

c.   Improvements for Next Time :  Things you wish you had done differently to give the ideal speech…what would you have done differently in preparing for and delivering your speech…what will you do next time to improve…anything else that you wish you had done and would do in the future. 

2. Any note cards you used, 3. Research materials (mind maps, articles, photocopies you made, and copies of visual aids [images, overheads, etc.]).   4. Student critiques from those who watched your presentation.  Your Pocket Folder is due in lab the week after you present (if late -10% the first week, -20% the second week, No credit afterwards).

Persuasive presentation critique sheet review.

View and critique one student example of a persuasive presentation.

I Have A Dream speech critique.

Formal Class Introductions (graded, 5%).  End with "Thank You" or "That's Me!", Don't End with "That's about it".  No hats, hands out of pockets.