CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Outline, Lecture Seven

Tuesday/Thursday, 9/11 October 2012

Lecture A Tuesdays 1:00-2:15pm, code 90181, Room: 122 Hills
Lecture B Thursdays 1:00-2:15pm, code 91886, Room: 122 Hills

Please put away all electronic devices (lap tops, cell phones, Blackberrys, I-Pods, etc.).


ATTENDANCE SPEECH: Your Name, "A goal I have is to _________________"


Assignments & Announcements:

  1. Watch TED Talk: (Thanks to Thalia Davidoff)  Questions on Mid-term exam coming up in 3 weeks.
  2. Check Syllabus speaking schedule for when you are presenting and your lab role, and what group your are in for the Group Critical Analysis Presentation.
  3. Practice your Informational and GROUP Presentations in front of others and get feedback.
  4. Your Informational Presentation Reflection Paper & Folder are due at the beginning of lab the week after you present.  Checklist is on Syllabus #9.  No reflection paper/folder due for Group Presentation.
  5. Bring Flash Memory stick (2+ Gigs) to lab if you are presenting your informational presentation.
  6. Outside Speech Critique assignment due in lab next week!  UVM lecture calendar site.
  7. Mid-Term Exam Three weeks away: Oct 30, Nov 1

Tips from TAs:

  1. Objectives must focus on how the audience will be changed.  To say "today I'm going to tell you about...." is NOT an objective.  To say "after my presentation you will know (you will be persuaded to.......)" IS an objective.
  2. PAUSE for EFFECT!  Figure out where you want the adience to really pay attention, and insert the pause (3 full seconds) there.
  3. Restate must knows must not be categorical.  State SPECIFICALLY what you want the audience to remember.  Say "remember touring sea kayaks are long and thin, the best places to paddle on Lake Champlain are the Northern Islands, and always dress for the water temperature and wear a personal floatation device (PFD) ".  Saying "today I talked about what a touring kayak is, where to paddle, and what to wear" is not a restate of must knows.
  4. End Powerfully!  Figure out and deliver a memorable ending.  The last words you should say are "Thank You".
  5. Filler words: practice, and slow down will help reduce them.
  6. Hooks: Asking for a show of hands is getting old.  Here are some other suggestions.
  7. Have a "Plan B" if something goes wrong with the technology: print any images you are going to show so you can either use the document camera or pass them around.
  8. Other general suggestions.


Watch TED Talk  by Nancy Duarte on the structure of great talks including analaysis of MLK and Steve Jobs's speeches.

Persuasive presentation: Assignment #7 on Syllabus

    Example of Persuasive Presentation: Wash Your Hands

Formal Introduction in front of the lecture: Assignment # 1 on Syllabus