CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Seven Outline,Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Attendance speech:  Concentrate on your posture & foot stance.  Sing one verse or chorus of a song, or recite a line of poetry (30 seconds or less).


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

Use PowerPoint mainly for Images (Keep text to a minimum) 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.  Have a plan B if the projector burns out or if you can't get set up in time. Check UVM Facilities Scheduling and click on the R25 Webview link for listings of when the room is free so you can practice.


  1. Practice in front of friends and get feedback.  This feedback should be discussed in your reflection paper.
  2. Work on Powerful Endings and re-state of must-knows.  Which of these below is a re-statement of the must knows instead of a categorical summary?:

    A) Today I have talked to you about the history of Dave Mathews,
    how his band has changed over the years, and what I consider were
    his best performances.

    B) I hope you will remember the topics that I have covered:
    how to choose a dog, the differences between the breeds, and the most
    trustworthy sources of pure-bred dogs.

    C) In summary, to prevent and treat cancer eat plenty of broccoli and cabbage,
    have regular checkups, and find out if you are at high risk due
    to family history.

    D) In my presentation today I have covered the history of sea kayaks,
    how to choose a sea kayak, and what are my favorite places to kayak
    on Lake Champlain.

    E) To sum up, you have now heard about the Lake Champlain monster Champ:
    where most of the sightings have been, the history of the sightings,
    and who has made the sightings.


  3. Try a mind map first, then make the outline of your speech, include the mind-map in the pocket folder.

  4. It is the job of the Master of Ceremonies to ask the audience if there are questions.  The speaker should not do this.

  5. Examples of Hooks (other than show of hands): Tell a personal story, Ask a question at the beginning of your presentation
    that you answer at the very end, Play a game with the Audience with a prize, Demonstrate a skill (juggling, riding a
    unicycle, stand on your head, balance on one hand, play a musical instrument, solve the cube puzzle, do a magic trick).

  6. Take full advantage of the Speaker's Aide: have them control lights, pass out handouts, help with props.


  1. Practice the standing exercise.  Keep hands out of pockets. 
  2. Get together with your Team and work on the Group Critical Analysis presentation (due next week!).
  3. Refer to text readings as needed!

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 (The Speech I Prepared For, The Speech I Gave, Improvements for Next Time) three-five pages, 2. Any note cards you used, 3. Research materials (articles, photocopies you made, and copies of visual aids [images, overheads, etc.]).   4. Student critiques from those who watched your presentation.  5. Mind map.  6. List of Objectives (what you want the audience to know and/or do because of 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).


Examples of Group Presentations

Hand out Group Members Rating Sheet and Group Presentation Critique Sheet.


Persuasive Presentation Critique Sheet to critique a student example of a persuasive presentation (Moon Landing).

Teams get together to work on the Group Critical Analysis (symposium format).  Groups should choose a controversial topic, assign who will be responsible for what, and choose two dates/times to practice.

Formal Class Introductions (graded, 5%).  Don't End with "That's about it", no hats, hands out of pockets.