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The Speech of Self-Introduction

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This is a new section I wrote for the new edition of Essentials of Public Speaking. But I thought it might be of use to anyone planning a similar speech. Here, then, are a few guidelines and a sample speech with some notes. The Speech of Self-Introduction The speech of self introduction is one of the standard speeches normally required in a public speaking course.

Ethics in Public Speaking

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Ethics in Public Speaking I wrote this for the new edition of Essential Elements of Public Speaking, 7th edition (Hoboken, NJ: Pearson, 2021) but I thought it might be useful for any class in public speaking as a way of introducing the dimension of ethics and clarifying what is and what is not plagiarism. Because your speech will have an effect on your audience, you have an obligation to consider ethics—issues of right and wrong, or the moral implications of your message.

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Universals of Choice

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This article was published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics, 75 (January and April 2018), pp. 76-83. Universals of Choice Joseph A. DeVito* Universals are qualities or characteristics of a process or concept that are present in all instances. For example, if we consider the universals of language, we’d find that all languages have nouns and pronouns, all languages have a deep and surface structure, and all languages have vowels and consonants (Greenberg, 1963).

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Here's a more positive view for communication majors. link] [link

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Here is a sobering report on the five college majors students most regret. Unfortunately, communication is one of them with 27% of students regretting their selecting communication as a major--with the most common complaint that it was too general. link] [link]. communication as a major communication students studying communication

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Another interesting article on workplace communication. link]. communicating at meetings communication in the workplace Interpersonal Communication workplace communication

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Here's an interesting article on an important but rarely discussed (at least in our interpersonal texts) issue/problem: [link] WELL-BEING // October 17, 2019 How to Decline an Invitation Without Hurting Your Relationship Expert-backed strategies to RSVP “no” to anything and protect your well-being. By Alexandra Hayes , Multimedia Reporter [link]. declining an invitation Interpersonal Communication responding to an invitation saying No

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What you don't say

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Here is a good example of what you don't say speaking louder than what you do say. A perfect classroom example: [link] [link]. classroom example DeSantis glbtq what you don't say

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Interpersonal Skills

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Here's an interesting and relevant article on the importance of interpersonal skills, especially in the workplace. link] [link]. communication in the workplace interpersonal skills workplace skills

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Decorators: Please Don’t Touch the Dust Jackets

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This brief essay—which really should go in Architectural Digest, Dwell, Interior Design, Elle Décor, or House Beautiful— is about designing with books but also says something about communication and how our decorating says something about who we are. Recently, we had our loft decorated by a professional decorator who was excellent, except for one thing: He wanted to remove the dust jackets (book jackets, dust covers) from my rather extensive library. I resisted.

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Plagiarism

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Here's an interesting little article on plagiarism which, I think, would make for an interesting case study and class discussion. link] [link]. Ashton Kutcher Plagiarism speech

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Communication as a College Major

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Here's a brief article on the 10 most versatile college majors--Communication is No. link] [link

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Public Speaking: Its Place in the Communication Curriculum

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I wrote this as a post on the basic course list but I thought others might also be interested. For a variety of reasons, it seems useful to periodically review current practices and search for alternatives that might better serve our purposes. So, here I want to review the “basic course” and argue that the basic course in communication—often a required course—should not be public speaking but should be the hybrid/fundamentals course.

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Speech of Acceptance

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Here is a speech of acceptance that is sure to resonate with students and instructors alike. It's Madonna's acceptance speech for the Advocate for Change award from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation). The speech is all over the Internet; the one noted here is one clear version with commentary. link]. Acceptance speech Advocate for Change Award speeches GLAAD Madonna speech of acceptance

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Communication in the Workplace

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WELL-BEING WISDOM WONDER PURPOSE SLEEP SPECIAL SECTIONS COMMUNITY THRIVE TAKES // April 11, 2019 Try This Now: Stop Sending a “Gentle Reminder” A popular way to nudge a co-worker is to employ this phrase, but it misses the opportunity to be compassionately direct. By Stephanie Fairyington , Thrive Global Senior Staff Writer Photo credit: Rawpixel.com / Shutterstock Often, receiving an email with a “gentle reminder” can feel stressful… and not at all gentle.

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A most interesting article!

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Here is a little article on political correctness that is sure to spark some lively conversation in interpersonal and intercultural communication classes. link] [link]. political correctness political incorrectness

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The Live Audience in Online Public Speaking Courses: One More Try

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After reading the varied posts, I’m convinced we (as an academic discipline) don’t have any evidence for the claims that a live audience is either effective or necessary in online public speaking courses. Although instructors noted how they handled this issue of a live audience, no one produced any evidence.

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The Audience in Online Speaking

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The following post was sent to the basic course list (Basiccc@lists.udayton.edu) in response to a number of instructors explaining how they incorporated the live audience in an online public speaking course. But, I thought others might be interested in the issue. It's an important one and one that is sure to increase as online courses become more numerous. I’ve read with much interest how various basic course instructors deal with online public speaking assignments.

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Etiquette and communication

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Here's a wonderful brief post on etiquette and communication. A neat summary of some essential rules. link] [link]. Communication communication and etiquette etiquette rules of etiquette

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Making Choices

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Here is a Word file of an article published in Etc: A Review of General Semantics , vol. 73, no 2, April 2016, pp. 173-179. The journal is a bit behind its normal publication schedule so this was just published. Making Choices* Living is a process of making choices. Much as you cannot not communicate, you cannot not make choices. Making choices is inevitable--even, as William James noted “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it that is in itself a choice.”

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Relationships and Divorce

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Here's a great post on divorce. In addition, there's a wonderful summary of research on a variety of topics relating to divorce and relationship breakup. link]. divorce interpersonal relationships relationship breakups relationships

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Prosocial Communication

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This discussion of prosocial communication is a preliminary version of a section I'm considering adding to the new edition of The Interpersonal Communication Book. It would be the final section of the last chapter. I'd be very interested in hearing what you think of this section. Any comments, positive or negative, will be greatly appreciated.

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Polite Messages: An Exercise in Interpersonal Communication

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This exercise is designed to help explain the concept of politeness in terms of positive and negative face (Brown & Levinson, 1987; Cupach & Metts, 1994; Goffman, 1967; Goldsmith, 2007; Holmes 1995; Metts & Cupach, 2008). To Know In Brown and Levinson’s (1987) theory of politeness, based in part on Goffman’s (1967) concept of face, we all have basically two needs: (1) the need to maintain positive face and (2) the need to maintain negative face.

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Conversational Analysis

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Tools to analyze and ultimately improve conversation and communication generally have traditionally come in the form of suggestions or guidelines written in a textbook or a how-to-do-it trade book. But, recently, software programs such as Cogito have been developed. These programs are based on an extremely thorough analysis of all sorts of communication signals, especially nonverbal signals, for example, varied or consistent emphasis, mimicking or mirroring, and vocal-cord tension.

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Here's a good example of the importance of using appropriate and inappropriate cultural identifiers. link] [link]. cultural identifiers. Bill Maher. cultural sensitivity

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Testing

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Here is a little piece that I wrote for a local newspaper--the Blue Stone Press (May 15, 2015)--in response to an article on parents opting out of testing for their children. It was published as a Guest Analyst Opinion. It’s sad that so many parents are opting out of the current testing, as Jillian Nadiak noted in BSP (May 1, 2015). It’s also a big mistake.

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Responding to Rudeness

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Here''s an interesting article that offers interesting suggestions for Responding to Rudeness which should work well in a class in the discussion of conversation or a variety of other interpersonal topics. Among the suggestions offered are how to respond to catcalls, unwanted and negative comments on your appearance, or friends who reveal personal information.

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Gay and Straight Relationships

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Here’s an interesting article in the current issue of Psychology Today (April, 2015): Gay Love, Straight Sense: 5 Lessons Everyone Can Learn from Same-Sex Couples. The lessons are these: 1. Create fluid roles.” Because same-sex couples don’t have to divide roles by gender, they are free to discuss roles and to more effectively share roles. The roles are negotiated, rather than set down by society. Sexual experimentation is good.”

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Lydia Pinkham

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I want to bring to your attention a new book by a friend of mine; we went to graduate school together at the U of I. The book— Lydia Pinkham: The Face that Launched a Thousand Ads by Sammy R. Danna (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)--is about Lydia Pinkham, her vegetable compound (which is still being sold), and the revolution in marketing and advertising of which she was a major part. Congratulations Sam; you did a wonderful job! link]. Lydia Pinkham Sammy Danna

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Public Speaking Trends

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Here’s an interesting article that I just ran across while researching trends in public speaking. Lisa B. Marshall identifies 7. I paraphrase these in brief but the article is worth reading especially if you’re teaching public speaking. Public speaking in the business world is becoming more casual. Audiences no longer can be viewed as passive recipients of a speaker’s message but are listeners who want to participate. Speakers are addressing smaller audiences with more focused presentations.

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High Heels

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According to some research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior (DOI 10.1007/s10508-014-0422-z; [link] summarized briefly in Psychology Today (April 2015)--a woman wearing high heels is perceived as more attractive than a women with low heels. In a series of studies by Nicolas Gueguen, it was found that: (1) Men were more apt to help a woman if she was wearing high heels than low heels.

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Here is something I'm very proud of. Thank you Champ Ravirath. Champ Ravirath Yesterday at 2:00am · Bangkok, Thailand · การพัฒนาความสามารถในการสื่อสารระหว่างบุคคลโดยใช้โปรแกรมฝึกอบรมเชิงจิตวิทยา • Thesis • 267 pages • Joseph DeVito Your IC approach was published in Thailand as training methodology! See Translation [link]. interpersonal skills interpersonal training manual

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Cultural Sensitivity and the Cultural Defense

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In Interpersonal Messages , I include this discussion prompt. The Cultural Defense Consider these two cases (Sikora, 2001): (1) A Chinese immigrant discovers that his wife has been unfaithful. In a rage, he kills his wife. His defense was that this is the way his culture has taught him to react to infidelity. (2)

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Apologies and Excuses, Vietnamese Translation

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It's a real pleasure to post this translation Vietnamese by Nicy Nguyen of a post on Apologies and Excuses. For more information on such translations check out: [link] Why Do We Translate?

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Communication and Cancer

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In searching for communication issues we don’t normally talk about in our introductory textbooks, that of talking to cancer patients about their cancer is one of the most important and the most difficult. Here are a few suggestions for making communication with a person diagnosed with cancer—what you might say and what you should NOT say--a bit easier—not easy, just a bit easier. link] https://www.caring.com/articles/never-say-to-someone-with-cancer [link] [link] [link].

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Cultural Identifiers Here's a good example of the value of learning the appropriate cultural identifiers and the embarrassment that follows from not learning/using them from the Olympics. In brief: the announcer said: “She gives a hug to Lili,” Marlowe [the sports announcer] said. That is her husband. She married Lili in 2013.” link]. cultural awareness cultural identifiers glbtq relationships heterosexism husband wife

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Reducing Communication Apprehension Here's a novel method for rehearsing your speech and for reducing your communication apprehension. link]. apprehension fear of public speaking Public Speaking stage fright

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The Interpersonal Communication Book

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I want to apologize to users of my Interpersonal Communication Book , 14th edition. A paragraph was omitted in the printing. The following paragraph would be inserted on page 130 before "Personal Distance." Intimate Distance. In intimate distance , ranging from actual touching to 18 inches, the presence of the other individual is unmistakable. Each person experiences the sound, smell, and feel of the other’s breath. You use intimate distance for lovemaking, comforting, and protecting.

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Communication is Easy and Difficult: An Exercise

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I'm developing this exercise for possible use in the new edition of Human Communication and I thought it might be of interest more generally for just about any course in speech communication or interpersonal communication. The ten items I have below can be changed and probably should be changed to better reflect the specific students in the class.

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Inspired to Educate

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I received this request from Nina Martin and it seems a noble one and so I'm posting it as I received it. It should be of interest to lots of educators who pass by this blog. Hi Joe, Happy summer! I’m reaching out to you to let you know about #Inspired2Educate, a program designed to recognize and praise educators and the people who inspired them.

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The Two-Minute Speech: Distinguish Between

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Here is a brief public speaking exercise built around the theme of distinguishing two things. The main purpose of the exercise is to illustrate some principles of organization and can be used as a regular prepared/researched speech or as an impromptu speech. For this exercise, the speeches should be organized in either of these two ways. Organizational Patterns Introduction A basic orientation as to what will be discussed Body I. Item No. 1 (e.g., muffin) A. Property No. 1 (e.g., ingredients) B.

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Digitizing and Widgetizing Our Textbooks

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The textbook as many of us have known it, it on the way out and the digital/widgetal textbook is in. Well, not exactly, just yet but it’s coming. This brief description of what’s happening may be of some value to those new to this type of textbook but also to those who intend to write a textbook as well as to students who want to know why the change is happening. All of the major publishers and a variety of smaller publishers are engaged in creating these interactive textbooks.