CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Seven Outline: Tuesday, 13 October 2009, Lafayette 108, 1:00-2:15pm

Attendance speech:  Concentrate on your posture & foot stance.  State your name slowly, pause, and sing one verse or chorus of a song, or recite a line of poetry (30 seconds or less).


ARRIVE EARLY FOR LAB!  Labs need to start on time.  If you walk in late (after 12:50pm) you will lose 1% of your course grade! You should be in your seat ready to participate at 12:50pm.

MONDAY LAB STUDENTS: Lab will meet Thanksgiving week: Monday 23 of November! 

No lecture Tuesday 24th November.

Four to Six page paper critiquing a formal speech given outside of class (due: Friday Oct 30, 4pm) lab peer edited


1.  Arrive early for lab!  If late -1% off course grade each time late.

2. Work on Hooks, Pausing for Effect, 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.  It is the job of the Master of Ceremonies to ask the audience if there are questions.  The speaker should not do this.

4. 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. If you make a mistake speaking, don't apologize, just keep going.  Apologizing just bring attention to the error.


  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!).

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


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

GROUP PRESENTATIONS REVIEW: Questions, Get into groups, plan. 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.  Hand out Group Presentation Critique Sheet.

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