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1WELCOMETOPUBLICORALCOMMUNICATION!Greetings, and welcome to Public Oral Communication at Indiana University! Believe it or not,public speaking actually can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. This tends to be thecase for several reasons.First, you’ll find that this is one of your smallest classes, so you’ll be able to get to know yourinstructor and your classmates better than you might in larger classes. Getting to know youraudience makes it much easier to talk with them. Even better, everyone else in the class is inthe same position; they are all taking a course in public oral communication class. This makesfor a supportive audience, and the opportunity to practice and improve with others facing thesame challenges. For most people, public speaking is at least a little intimidating. Public OralCommunication recognizes this basic fact of life, and will provide you with a variety ofopportunities to get more comfortable speaking in public.As you begin your work in Public Oral Communication, here are some tips for success:Keep track of when assignments are due. Preparing to speak involves more than justyour actual presentation. In this class there are outlines and other pieces of writtenwork supporting your improvement as a public speaker. Be sure you complete themontime, because missed points add up quickly.Use the P155 Library Guide. Designed just for this course by the IU Libraries, theguide provides assistance with research sources, source citation, thesis statements,and much more. Find the guide at iub.libguides.com/p155. It’s even mobile friendly!Make friends…with other people and with yourCanvas class site. It contains theresources critical to your success in the course.Watch and take notes on thevideo tutorialsevery week.P155 is a 3-hour course.One ofthose hoursprovides time for you to watch the video tutorials and complete yourTopHat eBook lessons. The video tutorials,which provide the theoretical foundation forthecourse andexplainsevery speech assignment with detailed examples. Even thoughthese tutorialsareonline, you should treatthemas in-person lectures…watch withoutdistractions, take notes, look at the PowerPoint slides,andre-watch portions that aremore challenging.Attend your Performance Lab. Not only will missing class severely hurt your grade inPublic Oral Communication (take careful note of the absence policy in your CourseSyllabus), you’ll also miss out on all of the information and in-class activities and
2exercises specifically designed to help you improve as a public speaker. Yourparticipation and active involvement on a daily basis make the class come alivefor you and your classmates.There is no public speaking without audiences!Give yourself enough time to prepare your assignments. Whether you are gatheringinformation, writing an outline, or practicing your speech, these things always takemore time than we expect. Allow enough time to really concentrate on improving yourspeech. In particular, make sure you leave time to rehearse your speech out loudseveral times, preferably with a friend or two.

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