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A few more resources

26 Mar

We’re right in the middle of our last round of speeches, and it’s the time in the term when extra endurance is necessary. Here are some links to mull over as you prepare your speech, or (if you’ve already given your last speech) tips to help you prepare to evaluate your colleagues’ speeches:



Resources for the week of February 27-March 2

27 Feb

As we start round 3 of speeches, here are some links to consider:

  • 10 Ways to Wow your Audience by Susan Krauss Whitbourne — “Here are the guidelines that great speakers follow that rely on simple application of these principles derived from social, educational, and applied psychology.”

and for those of you who are preparing your PowerPoint presentations for your design project:

Readings on Pathos for next week

9 Feb

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

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.

Links to check out:

25 Jan
  • More on storytelling: here’s a YouTube video with Ira Glass, host of the NPR show This American Life, discussing the ‘building blocks’ of what it takes to tell a good story.
  • Even TED speakers are anxious before their presentation — a reflective post featuring several TED speakers’ thoughts on their nervousness before a speech
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