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COMM 1317 FALL 07 SEC 02


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COMM 1317 – PRESENTATIONAL SPEAKING SECTION 02 MWF 11:00-11:50 FLEX 108 FALL 2007 INSTRUCTOR: Patricia Thornton, M.A. OFFICE: Andre Hall, Room 322 OFFICE HOURS: MWF 2:00-3:00 (Or by appointment) CAMPUS VOICE MAIL: 637-1942 CELL: 689-0581 E-MAIL: [email protected] COURSE WELCOME AND OBJECTIVES Welcome to Presentational Speaking! This course is designed to provide opportunities for understanding and improving oral communication skills in public and professional situations. It is NOT meant to scare or intimidate you – so relax; it’s natural for most people to have reservations about speaking in front of others. By the time you finish the semester, you will gain an increased sense of poise, self-confidence and adaptability while working your way through the following objectives: Developing communication skills that invite transformation of speaker and audience through the creation of safety, value, freedom and openness in the speaking environment; Developing the capacity and critical thinking skills needed to analyze the presentations of others to discover the means used to invite transformation and to assess the means selected; Increased ability to organize throughts and research by developing a coherent speaking plan; Enhanced understanding of several interactional goals (e.g., to assert individuality, to build community, to articulate a perspective, to build adherence, to discover knowledge and belief); Increased ability to question traditionally held assumptions and ideas from an
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