CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Seven Outline, Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Attendance speech: speak for 30 seconds or less Your Name, Where you live (where your stuff is), Your favorite Music.

Standing Excercise

Objective of a presentation


Four to Six page paper critiquing a formal speech given outside of class (due: Wednesday March 26, in lab) peer edited by a labmate

PRACTICE AHEAD IN THE ROOM YOU WILL GIVE YOUR PRESENTATION.  Check UVM Facilities Scheduling and click on the R25 Webview link for listings of when the room is free. 



  1. Practice the standing exercise.  Keep hands out of pockets. No Gum, No hats. End with "Thank You" (not with "that's about it").  Work on strong hooks, strong conclusions and pausing for effect.
  2. When presenting in lab, let the Master of Ceremonies call for questions, not you the speaker.
  3. Practice your informational and persuasive presentations.
  4. READING ASSIGNMENT: The Art of Public Speaking: Chapters 5, 7 & 9. 
  5. Read suggestions for improving presentations online.

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 (speech I prepared for, speech I gave, improvements for next time):

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. 

2. Any note cards you used, 3. Research materials (mind maps, articles, photocopies you made, and copies of visual aids [images, overheads, etc.]).   4. Student critiques from those who watched 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).


Persuasive presentation critique sheet review.

View and critique one student example of a persuasive presentation.

Formal Class Introductions.  End with "Thank You" or "That's Me!", Don't End with "That's about it".  No hats, no gum, hands out of pockets.