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Resources for week 2 of speech rounds:

For those of you who are preparing your speeches:

  • 8 Steps to Practicing a Presentation by Dr. Michelle Mazur — this post confirms a lot of what we talked about in class, in terms of how to best practice your extemporaneous speech. Stand up, say it out loud, and time it! Check out this post for some additional tips.

Links on how to be an engaged audience member:

  • Julian Treasure’s TED Talk on 5 Ways to Listen Better — some tips on how to be a conscious listener to the world around you (and your colleagues’ speeches!).

And finally, for everyone who’s finished their speech, here’s ‘Awesome Thing #296’:


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Watch + Critique

As we start our speech rounds, here’s something that will help you both prepare to give your speech, and prepare to critique your colleagues:

First, watch this (Tues/Thurs class, you’ve seen it already!):

and then read this: TED talk analysis: Ron Gutman “The Hidden Power Of Smiling”

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Public speaking resources

It’s about a week or so before our public speaking rounds begin, so here are some resources to help you plan and practice your speech:

  • and finally, check out this TEDxFlanders talk on public speaking by Lars Sudmann

If you’re still looking for more resources as you prepare for your speech, feel free to check out the class blog for RCM 401: Oral Rhetoric — there’s even more links/videos available over there!

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‘What is unsaid can be as important as what is said.’

Remember the Nine Axioms of Communication we covered last week?  One of the Axioms is “Communication is frequently ambiguous: what is unsaid can be as important as what is said” (MacLennan 2009).

Communication theorist Nick Morgan has a post on his blog today that describes why it is so important to pay attention to the non-verbal messages we send. From his post:

Our unconscious minds are very good at reading the intent of the people who come within our sphere of awareness.  And when they’re talking at us, we unconsciously compare words and body language.  When they’re aligned, we get the communication.  When they’re not aligned, we believe the body language.

Check out his blog entry for an example of a British politician who had his ‘unsaid’ message be heard more loudly than the words of his speech.

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Kent Phillips Public Speaking Competition, *this Monday!*

Join us! All of the contestants will be former RCM 300 students. Come and see great examples of persuasive speeches!

For more background on the U of S alumnus Kent Phillips (who the competition is in honor of), here’s his entry in the Huskies Hall of Fame.

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