Taylor Mali reading his poem “Totally Like Whatever“:
Science writer John Bohannon’s modest proposal is to use “dancers as tools of rhetoric” — instead of the same ol’ PowerPoint technical presentations:
What do you think?
Check out the applicants in last year’s ‘Dance your PhD’ contest here.
Next week we’ll start discussing some new theories that will help you to better adapt your message to the audience. In particular, we’ll start discussing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, and how to use these theories in planning your speeches.
Here are some links to read and consider before Monday’s class:
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Hierarchy of Needs by Kendra Cherry, About.com
- If you’re feeling especially ambitious, here’s the link to the U of S library listings of the original article by Abraham Maslow on his pyramid, “A Theory of Motivation.”
Monroe’s Motivated Sequence
- Monroe’s Motivated Sequence by Mike Berry. This site offers a good explanation, plus has an outline of a sample speech that uses the sequence.
- Monroe’s Motivated Sequence: Effectiveness and Use by speech-time.com
- The Motivated Sequence — a quick outline of how to apply Monroe’s sequence to a speech
- and here’s a YouTube video that discusses the sequence and how it’s applied in advertising: Persuasion in the Media: Monroe’s Motivated Sequence
What sort of critiques could you offer for this speech on public speaking? What was done well, and what could be improved?
- About.com’s grammar and composition’s author is the prof who first introduced me to rhetoric, Richard Nordquist. Here’s his page on using transitional expressions — mainly in a written context, but some of the principles here could translate into your oral presentations.
- Transitions and Signposting – ‘Speaking Glue‘ by David Rose
- How to create smooth transitions during your speech by Peter Fogel