COMM 204 MIDTERM

COMM 204 MIDTERM - COMM 204 MIDTERM READING: CHAPTER 1 1....

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COMM 204 MIDTERM READING: CHAPTER 1 1. What is the definition of Communication? Communication- a transaction in which speaker and listener simultaneously send, receive, and interpret messages 2. What are the 7 components of the communication process? Source- the person who originates the message Receiver- the individual or group that hears, and listens to, the message sent by the source Message- the speaker’s words and ideas adapted to the audience i. 2 types: 1. Verbal messages- the words chosen for the speech 2. Nonverbal messages- the movements, gestures, facial expressions, and vocal variations that can reinforce or contradict the words Channel- the means of distributing your words, whether by coaxial cable, fiber optics, microwave, radio, video, or air Feedback- verbal and nonverbal responses by the audience Situation- the time, place, and occasion in which the message sending and receiving occurs Noise- the interference or obstacles to the communication of message 3. What is plagiarism and what topics should you avoid? Plagiarism- using a speech, outline, or manuscript from any source other than you Choosing topics: i. Choose vital topics ii. Choose current topics iii. Choose topics that will improve the audience in some way Avoid topics that: i. Are exhausted topics unless you have a new approach ii. Are illegal iii. Insult your audience iv. Are from the internet 1
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4. What are the traits of a credible speaker? Source Credibility- the audience’s perception of the speaker’s effectiveness as a communicator The use of Common Ground- pointing out what features you share with the audience Trustworthiness- the degree to which the audience perceives the presenter as honest and honorable Competence- a thorough familiarity with the topic Dynamism- the energy the speaker expends in delivering the message 5. What is communication apprehension? Communication Apprehension- the fear of presenting; an individual’s level of fear or anxiety associated with either real or anticipated communication with another person or persons i. 6 ways to reduce CA: 1. Act confidently 2. Know the subject 3. Care about the subject 4. See your classmates as friends 5. See yourself as successful 6. Practice for confidence 2
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CHAPTER 2 1. What are the 5 cannons of rhetoric? 5 Cannons of Rhetoric- describe the essential skills associated with public dialogue and communication i. Invention- the art of finding information 1. Invention attempts to: a. Look at the problem from all sides b. Ask the right questions c. Select relevant information d. Find new ways of talking about old topics e. Find new analogies and relationships between things ii. Disposition- the arrangement and structure of a presentation 1. Introduction- purpose is to set the stage for the presentation a. Find a creative way to introduce the topic- using a story, example, or audience interaction 2. Body- usually 2-4 main points a. Be sure to have efficient evidence for each point
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This note was uploaded on 03/13/2008 for the course COMM 204 taught by Professor Keough during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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COMM 204 MIDTERM - COMM 204 MIDTERM READING: CHAPTER 1 1....

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