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COMM122Final - Andrey Artamonov Professor Curran COMM 122...

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Andrey Artamonov Professor Curran COMM 122 T,Th 6-10pm 1) Of the many listening suggestions I found that one of the most important is to “Listen for the Speaker’s Main Ideas”. What this means to me is listening with the purpose of seeing the larger picture. Many times I have found that speakers can get caught up with the amount of detail they put into supporting main ideas they have yet to state. If I listen for the larger ideas I can not only understand the speech better as a whole but also can see the flow of supporting evidence and form my opinions objectively. “Listen with Your Brain” is another suggestion I deemed important. Although this starts with the previous suggestion of listening with an open mind, the way we analyze the evidence presented determines the effect the speech has on us. If a speaker is trying to show me the effectiveness of a supplement and provides “evidence” from the website of the manufacturer I can make a clear and unambiguous judgment about the trustworthiness of the evidence. Conversely, if an objective double-blind academic study is presented I am more inclined to trust the source and in turn agree with that main point. “Listen with an Open Mind” is a suggestion that seems difficult at times but can make a vast difference in the way we hear the speaker. From personal experience I can say that not all people agree with my opinions and I don’t agree with all opinions but that does not mean I cannot listen. By providing a “blank canvas” for the speaker to “paint” their ideas I can remove prejudices and actually consider all of the speech’s points and evidence with respect. The final suggestion I found to be valuable is “Listen for the Echoes of 1
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Your Own Listening”. Throughout my speeches I have noticed how certain audience members always nod and smile when I make eye contact with them. This sign that they are listening with warmth doesn’t always mean that the audience member agrees with my points but it provides me comfort and confidence in my presentation. By making these small observations I have seen how much it can improve my speech so doing the same for others I can become a better listener and improve their speaking experience as well. 2) The first characteristic of a good delivery is having an “Enlarged Conversational Quality”. This characteristic means speaking to an audience how you would speak to a single person. By being conversational the audience can be engaged on a more personal level and easily listen your points and evidence as a whole. I strive for this characteristic and although it can be difficult to hear my own voice I can tell that my conversational tone has a drastic effect on the engagement of my audience. I can incorporate it even more if I can imagine how I would speak with a friend about the same topic. The “Desire to Communicate” is how the speaker feels about their own words. It doesn’t have to be a vehemently passionate topic for the speaker to show that
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