Oral Presentation Memo - To: From: Date: Subject: Professor...

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To: Professor Snow From: Andrew Vlock Date: September 18, 2008 Subject: Effectiveness of First Impromptu Oral Presentation The purpose of this memo is to assess the effectiveness of my impromptu oral presentation on Tuesday, September 16, 2008. I will analyze the aspects that were effective and demonstrated good presentational speaking. I will also analyze those aspects that showed room for improvement and highlight which aspects were ineffective. I will judge my presentation on two different criteria: Verbal message: My verbal message was very effective. My structure, opening, middle, and closing were all effective. Non-verbal message: My non-verbal communication showed poise and confidence in front of the audience. My non-verbal communication was very effective, and it improved my presentation instead of detracting from it. How effective was my verbal message? I believe my verbal message was very effective. On page 406 of the coursepack, you mention that “the best impromptu messages are clear ones.” I demonstrated a clear presentation in these three parts: A clear opening: In my opening, I captured the audience’s attention with appropriate humor. I surfaced three well constructed main points. I made my purpose clear and let the audience know why the information I was presenting was important to them. A descriptive middle: My first two main points were well structured and convincing. My third point was poorly executed and dragged on too long. A redundant closing: My closing was less effective than my opening and middle. It left an impression on the audience but did not resurface my main points and ended abruptly. How effective was my opening? My opening was the most effective part of my verbal message. I started off by capturing the audience’s attention with a cheesy joke but one that differentiated my message from those of the other speakers. Instead of saying “good morning,” which most presenters said before they began their messages, I said, “terrible morning.” My greeting was also effective in elevating the energy of an audience that had sat through seventeen two- and-a-half minute speeches prior to my own. For example, before I told the joke, I noticed that two students in the audience had their chins resting on their arms crossed on top of their desks, a clear sign of fatigue or disinterest. After I told the joke, they sat up straight and appeared more attentive.
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Oral Presentation Memo, September 18, 2008, Page 2 of 4 The next feature of my opening that made it effective was the surfacing of my main topics. I listed my three main topics in the order I would later speak about them: What I can do for you, [the class]
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