AGRI 183 Communication Methods Lecture Seven Outline,Tuesday, 12 October 2004

Attendance speech:  Concentrate on your posture & foot stance.  Sing one line or verse of a song, or recite a line of poetry (30 seconds or less).


Four to Six page paper critiquing a formal speech given outside of class (due: Oct 29, 4pm) lab peer edited

Use PowerPoint for Images only (No Text) and put blank neutral dark slides in between for the time you are speaking about other things.  PRACTICE AHEAD IN THE ROOM YOU WILL GIVE YOUR PRESENTATION.  Check UVM Facilities Scheduling and click on the Events Request Form link for listings of when the room is free.


  1. Posture/Poise (easy self-possessed assurance of manner)/Passion: (3-Ps)  PRACTICE THESE!
  2. Practice in front of friends and get feedback.  This feedback should be discussed in your reflection paper.
  3. Work on 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.


  4. Try a mind map first, then make the outline of your speech, include the mind-map in the pocket folder.

  5. Prompted by suggestion, I have replace "The Speech I Wish I had Given" with "Improvements for Next Time".

  6. It is the job of the Master of Ceremonies to ask the audience if there are questions.  The speaker should not do this.


  1. Practice the standing exercise.  Keep hands out of pockets.  BODY PRESENTATION IS MOST IMPORTANT!
  2. Practice your persuasive presentation.
  3. Refer to text readings as needed!

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

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 (The Speech I Prepared For, The Speech I Gave, Improvements for Next Time), 2. Any note cards you used, 3. Research materials (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).

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

Use Persuasive Presentation Critique Sheet to critique a student example of a persuasive presentation (Apollo).

Ron Reagan (Jr.) persuasive speech.

View and critique a segment of the Presidential debate.