Diversity Speech (4) - Wayne State University Department of...

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Wayne State University - Department of Communication Communication 3300: Business and Professional Presentations Unit 3 Diversity/Culture in the Workplace Overall, this unit involves two major tasks: one oral and one written. The oral assignment requires students to research develop and deliver a 10-20 minute team presentation addressing a key topic relating to the significance of culture in the workplace or school. The written assignment requires each team to summarize their presentation and compose a 2-4 page (depending on how many people in your team, in addition to the reference page) formal executive summary of presentation content. The executive summary (submitted electronically to Bb) will summarize at least five major references that are verbally cited in the presentation, summarize teams’ connection to the speech topic and summarize student’s thoughts about the relevance of the topic in near future. (This is not a cut and paste from the Power Point) Purposes The purposes of the Cross-Cultural Communication assignment are to develop our awareness of how culture influences communication practices. To promote sensitivity to peoples from different cultures with different communication styles, to create openness to diversity/culture among students and business associates. We seek to learn ways to adapt to differences so that we can communicate well with others. Finally, prepare a summary of the presented information in the format of a business executive summary. Cross-Cultural Communication Presentation Follow extemporaneous procedures for preparing the presentation to persuade and empower your classmates about some cross-cultural communication issue in business or school. Each person who reads from a script will result in heavy (20 % for each) point deductions . Prepare yourself to engage the audience in a Question- Answer Session. Audience and Purpose The audience is your classmates as future business persons. Your purpose is to help make them more aware of an historical event that has had a lasting effect on a culture and us. In short, you should facilitate your fellow classmates’ understanding of others’ perspectives, expanding their minds and their hearts. Researching and Preparing Your Topic Select a question about culture that you believe would be significant to other students and about which you personally have something to say. Develop your position and support on the question. Be clear and definite about your perspective even if you do not come out strongly “pro” or “con.” Brainstorm for ideas to support your views. Use your own life at work, school or personal experiences to highlight /var/filecabinet/temp/converter_assets/2f/f4/2ff4449c7435c3913c85730d5a064969676dabfd.doc
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your talk. Read specifically on your topic from communication journals, expanding your knowledge and confidence in this area.
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