CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Six Outline,Tuesday, 6 October 2009


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 30, 4pm) peer edited by a labmate

FRIDAY LAB STUDENTS: Reflection papers and pocket folders due on or before 12:50pm Friday in Box outside of Dr. Leonard's office (208H Morrill Hall).


  1. If using PowerPoint, keep text to a minimum and put blank (black) slides in between for the time you are speaking about other things.
  2. Practice ahead in the room you will give your presentation. It is your responsibility to know how to use the computer & project, not the TAs. If need help, ask the TAs the week before after lab.  Check UVM Facilities Scheduling for when lab room is open to practice.
  3. Have a "Plan B" if something goes wrong (projector lamp burns out, power goes out, can't get the file loaded, etc.).
  4. Follow the Rubric on the Critique Sheet closely when practicing.
  5. Stand in front of the desk so the audience can see all of your body.  Don't stand behind the desk.
  6. Watch your posture.  Avoid: slow rock n roll, hands in pockets, lean on one hip with leg out, legs crossed.
  7. Work on strong hooks, strong conclusions and pausing for effect.
  8. In preparing for your presentations start with draft #1 of mind map, then do research, draft #2 mind map, detailed outline, prepare visuals/materials, presentation outline, then practice at least three times in front of friends and get feedback.
  9. Remember to bring your VHS tape on the day you present!


  1. Practice your informational presentation (review the critique sheet) and get together with your team mates to plan for the Group Critical Analysis presentation!
  2. Re-Read suggestions for improving presentations.

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

Reflection Paper & Pocket Folder info from syllabus:

9.  Write three reflection papers(15%, three @ 5% each).   Outlined above, these papers are to show reflection and learning from the three individual speech experiences.   The three papers, three to five pages in length, should be written after viewing the videotape of your presentation, reading the student critiques and honestly reflecting on the experience.  Use the following three headings to frame your paper, and discuss all of the topics in the sub headings below in your paper:  

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. 

Hand in your reflection paper in a POCKET FOLDER with your name, speech title, lab section (day & time), 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, with page numbers), 2. First Mind Map draft. 3. an updated re-drafted Mind Map.  4. Detailed speech outline. 5. Presentation outline (detailed outline reduced down to minimum in big font).  6. Research materials (articles, photocopies you made. 7. Copies of visual aids (images, overheads, etc.) if they will fit in the folder.   8. Student critiques from those who watched your presentation.  9. List of Objectives: what you want your audience to know or do because of your talk, how the audience will be changed by your talk.  Your Pocket Folder is due at the beginning of lab the week after you present (if late -10% the first week, -20% the second week, No credit afterwards).  Here is a checklist for your folder.

Group Critical Analysis begins: Monday October 19, Wednesday Oct 21, Friday Oct 23 (13 days away from today).

Details are in the syllabus, item #6.

Group members evaluation handout: show

Example of Group Critical Analysis: Censorship: Harry Potter

Get into your groups and complete and save the form.

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.