CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture Eight Outline,Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Attendance speech: 30 seconds, State you first name and last name slowly, pause, and talk about a secret ambition: "I've always wanted to...."



Next week SPRING BREAK,  no lectures, no labs.

Suggestions from grading presentations and reflection papers:

  1. Choose an appropriate topic for your presentations.  Avoid topics dealing with Alcohol, Sex, or Drugs, as some people in our lab audience will be uncomfortable.
  2. Objectives focus on the audience: What you want the audience to do and/or know because of your presentation.  "Today I will talk to you about the vegan diet" is NOT an objective.  "After my presentation you will know the health benefits of the vegan diet and you will be inspired to try it" IS an objective.
  3. Practice in front of your friends: Explain the critique sheet to them before you practice, go over each category, have them use it to do the critique.  Get their feedback and put this in your reflection paper.
  4. OK to move around during a presentation, but return to the neutral standing position periodically.  Don't be rigid.
  5. Everyone should give some feedback to at least one of the presentation speakers every lab.  You will not earn participation points if you don't.
  6. Don't apologize for slip ups.
  7. Arrange furniture in room so audience can see all of your body.  Do not stand behind a desk or lectern if possible.
  8. An outline next to you on a desk is better than note cards in the hand.  Outlines can be large font so you only need to glance down at it to remember what to talk about next.  If you must have note cards, use a huge font and put them on the desk.  Note cards in the hands are distracting.

Four to Six page paper critiquing a formal speech given outside of class (due: Wednesday March 26, 4pm) lab peer edited


  1. Practice the standing exercise.  Keep hands out of pockets.  BODY PRESENTATION IS MOST IMPORTANT!
  2. Practice your persuasive presentation think about Choice presentation.
  3. Reading: The Art of Public Speaking (Lucas) Chapters 10 & 15


Examples of persuasive speech: Nik Shi, Ron Regan

Formal Class Introductions.  Don't End with "That's about it", no hats, no gum, hands out of pockets.