O-Day Preview

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February 26, 2013 by Dr. Jackie Hoermann-Elliott

Soon-To-Be Public Speaking Experts,

Thursday is all about the O in WOVE. We’ll be prepping for our oral presentations and, time permitting, we might even get a little practice in. Remember, submit a blog post with your speech outline before class and know what sort of visual aid you plan to use; be prepared to discuss it. Also, take a moment to think about who some of your favorite public speakers are, and then see if you can figure out why that is. This may prove helpful when it comes time to discuss your personal style as a speaker (and writer!).

For the oral presentations, I’d encourage you to consider recording yourself. If you have a device that records easily, you might bring that to your presentation. These recordings make stellar additions to students’ end-of-the-semester portfolios, not only because they look great in an online medium, but also because it makes it easier for students to make a case for themselves as strong overall communicators, particularly in regards to the oral component of communication. Think about that option.

On Thursday, I’ll also be passing back WRA paper grades as well as midterm grades to give you a sense of where you stand in the class. If you have questions about those, come talk to me after class.

Lastly, you’ve probably noticed that I sent you a link from Crocodoc. That’s a link containing electronic comments to your WRA paper. Read it. I don’t spend hours and hours on long grading marathons to write comments only I will read. They are for you. To highlight what you did well, set goals for improvement, and reflect on where you’re at in terms of development. As always, let me know what questions you have.

Hope you’re as excited for O-Day as I am.



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