CALS 183 Communication Methods Lecture FOUR Outline, Tuesday February 7, Thursday February 9 , 2017

CALS 183: Students go to one lecture and one lab per week

Lecture A (CRN 11224) Tuesdays 2:50-4:05pm Lafayette L108
Lecture B (CRN 11614) Thursdays 2:50-4:05pm Lafayette L108

Wild Child

Please put away all electronic devices (lap tops, smart phones, iPods, iPads etc.) and take out something to write with and paper.


Attendance speech:  (30 seconds) Your Name, If you could magically play any musical instrument, it would be the ....

Assignments & Announcements:

  1. Practice your dramatic reading or informational presentation in front of others and get feedback.
  2. Finish Reading Present Yourself.  Quiz on Present Yourself will be NEXT WEEK (Feb 14, 16) in lecture.  Be on time or lose points!
  3. Week of February 20 - 24 NO LABS Monday is Presidents Day, Feb 20).  LECTURES will meet.
  4. Bring Flash Drive (2+ Gigs) to lab when you present.
  5. Check Syllabus speaking schedule for when you are reading and your lab role.
  6. Outside Speech Critique assignment Due in Lab the week of Feb 27-March 3 (edited & final draft).  See UVM lecture calendar site.


The single most important thing to do in preparing to speak: Practice in front of others and get feedback!

Informational Presentation Critique sheet, Informational presentations begin in lab Monday February 13 (Next Week).

Tips from TAs:
  1. Repeat any Questions at end.  Speaker should not ask for questions - that is the job of the MC.
  2. Be in your seat and be ready to go at the start of lab - if late -1% off course grade each time late.
  3. Do not walk out or into the lab while anyone is speaking.  You are expected to stay the whole lab time.  Use the bathroom BEFORE lab.
  4. For the Informational "must knows" be SPECIFIC about what the audience should remember (not categorical).
  5. Pause for Effect - two full seconds of silence.
  6. After restating the must knows, end powerfully and say "Thank You".
Informational Presentation suggested order of things to do:
   1. Mind Map first draft
   2. Research your topic
Detailed outline
Mind Map second draft
   5. Presentation outline (big font, one sheet)
   6. Practice at least three times in front of friends and get feedback
   8. View your presentation, read peer evaluations, reflect
   9. Write your reflection paper
  10. Assemble your reflection folder: Reflection Folder Checklist folder is due at the beginning of lab the following week.  Here's an example of the Contents of the Reflection Folder.

Critique "Gramar: The Dark Side of the Subjunctive."

The Power of a personal story: Abigail Washburn TED talk