CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Four Outline, 1:00-2:15pm, 108 Lafayette, Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Attendance speech: 30 seconds, State your name slowly and clearly, (PAUSE) then "My favorite food is _____ ".

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: jeans, T-shirts, hoodies, hats, 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!
7. Dramatic readers should also practice EYE CONTACT while they are reading.
8. Posture: avoid the slow rock and roll, hands in pockets, and leaning on one leg.  Instead practice the neutral stance, and natural gestures.
9. Don't forget to repeat any questions asked at the end.
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 29.  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 30, 4pm) peer edited by a lab mate

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, think about what you will do for a persuasive presentation.
  3. READING ASSIGNMENT: Finish Present Yourself, Chapters 7-10. & Prepare for Quiz!
  4. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk "My Stroke of Insight".  The power of telling a personal story.

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 VHS cassette tape to lab.

Another example of a student presentation & critique.  Winner of the speak-off in fall 2007.

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

Formal Class Introductions (graded, 5%).