CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Four Outline,Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Attendance speech: 30 seconds, State your name slowly and clearly, (PAUSE) then share with us a (maybe secret) ambition: "I've always wanted to....."

Suggestions from TAs:
1. Hooks need to be clearer.  Be creative with your hook: tell a personal story, play a quick game with the audience, show an image or thing that gets the audience's attention, have the audience close their eyes and imagine, turn off the lights, present a magic trick, play a musical instrument, pass out food, stand on your head, tell a joke, etc.
2. "Voices" in dramatic readings need to be distinct, it must be clear which character is "talking".
3. Dramatic readers should say their name and title of reading, even if the Master of Ceremonies says it.
4. Follow the dress code.  Neat, clean, conservative clothing (avoid: faded, stained, ripped, holes, navel exposure)
5. Pause for effect must be OBVIOUS!  Pausing to find your place is not a pause for effect.
6. Master of Ceremonies should stand up in the front of the lab at the end of each presentation and ask "Who has a question for our speaker?"  It is the job of the MC to prompt questions, not the speaker!
Other Suggestions here.

Reflection Folder pass around.

Box outside my office: 208H Morrill Hall for graded assignments.

Quiz on Present Yourself is NEXT WEEK Sept 30.  You must be on time or you will lose points!

Four to Six page paper critiquing a formal speech given outside of class (due: Oct 31, 4pm) peer edited

Old Handouts available in folder in the front of the room.


  1. Practice the standing exercise.  Keep hands out of pockets.
  2. Practice your dramatic reading and informational presentations.
  3. READING ASSIGNMENT: Finish Present Yourself, Chapters 7-10. & Prepare for Quiz!

Be sure you know your Speech date and lab role assignment, these have been updated!  Those doing Informational Presentations next week should bring a blank VCR cassette tape and/or SDHC memory card for digital camera to lab.

Best Speech of the Twentieth century: Martin Luther King's, I Have A Dream.  Stylistic languages devices used.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk "My Stroke of Insight".

Formal Class Introductions (graded, 5%).