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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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The Communication Blog - Untitled Article

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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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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.

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.

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.

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Nonverbal Mistakes

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Here’s an article on body language that you should avoid; body gestures that can create a negative impression in another person. It''s best to look at these gestures as creating negative impressions under certain circumstances but, certainly, not in all situations: 1.

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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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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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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.

Asking a Favor

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One of the most difficult of all conversational tasks is to ask someone for a favor. Of course, it depends on the favor and on the relationship you have with the person from whom you want the favor.

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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.

2015 116

Nonverbal Cues to Lying

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Here’s an interesting article on lying and the nonverbal cues that often (but, not always) reveal that a person is, in fact, lying. The author correctly points out that the first thing one needs to know is how the person behaves normally—what we call establishing a baseline of behavior.

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Facebook Loneliness

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Here''s an interesting article reporting on research claiming that Facebook actually increases loneliness. link]. Facebook loneliness

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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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Lie Detection

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Here is a report on a study which provides some interesting evidence that although we are only able to detect lying at about 50 percent accuracy (consciously), we may do better relying on our unconscious mind.

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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.

2015 109

Everyday (but Sometimes Difficult) Conversations

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Conversation is something we engage in everyday, often without thinking about the process itself. Yet, there are conversations that may create difficulty, apprehension, and an uncertainty about how to proceed. Here are a few such conversational situations: small talk, making introductions, giving and receiving compliments, giving and receiving advice, making excuses, and offering apologies.

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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Persuasion, Persuasion, Persuasion

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The current issue of Harvard Business Review (July/August, 2013) is devoted to “Influence: How to get it, How to use it.” One of the best articles is an interview with persuasion expert, psychologist Robert Cialdini who offers six principles of persuasion (as he has in his other excellent works, Influence: Science and Practice and Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive , with Noah Goldstein and Steve Martin): 1. Liking. You’ll be more persuasive if people like you.

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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.”

2015 109

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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Infographics

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Here's a neat guide to a variety of infographics that have much to say about various aspects of communication. Thanks for sending me this, Heather Brown: [link] [link]. communication and infographics infographics

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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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Public Speaking Apprehension-

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In looking over the literature on dealing with pubic speaking apprehension, I searched for less likely sources than NCA journals. Here are some of the things I found, not surprisingly, not that different from what we have in our textbooks: From an article in Forbes: 1. Begin small, with baby steps. Organize what you want to say. Slow down. From Psychology Today : 1. Don’t expect perfection. Don’t think of public speaking as a measure of your self-worth.

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Conversational Empathy

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Here is an exercise for stimulating class discussion of empathy that I wrote for the conversation chapter in the next edition of Human Communication. But, I thought it might be of interest more generally. Conversational Empathy. Empathy. is a quality of interpersonal communication that involves feeling what another person feels from that person’s point of view without losing your own identity. Empathy enables you to understand emotionally what another person is experiencing.

New Book on Listening

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Here is the TOC for a new book by Sharon Drew Morgen who asked me to post this and to alert readers of this coming book. I''m happy to do so. The book is called What? Did you really say what I think I heard? The book will be out in December at which time I''ll try to post the first chapter. Foreword 1 Author’s notes 3 Introduction 4 Section 1: How do we hear others? 16 Chapter 1: What do we hear?

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Body Language

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Take a look at this Body Language infographic. It was created by and sent to me by Brietta Mengel. Thank you, Brietta. It should make for interesting discussions in interpersonal communication or in nonverbal communication, even with the old (and greatly misused) Mehrabian study. link]. body language infographic Nonverbal Communication

Communication Strategies: How to avoid ageist talk

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Although used mainly to refer to prejudice against older people, the word ageism can also refer to prejudice against other age groups. For example, if you describe all teenagers as selfish and undependable, you’re discriminating against a group purely because of their age, and thus are ageist in your statements. Individual ageism is seen in the general disrespect many show toward older people and in negative stereotypes about older people.

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Communication Visuals

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I started a few Pinterest boards largely to augment the text discussions in communication books—my own or others. Photos and cartoons are very expensive; consequently, these are usually limited in most textbooks. So, I thought Pinterest would be a great medium to disseminate visuals that may prove useful in teaching communication. The boards you may find interesting in preparing slide presentations are those on illusions , communication , and choices.

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EHC Correction

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A student of Paul Siegel, who uses Essentials of Human Communication at the University of Hartford, found an error in one of my key word quizzes. It occurs on page 135: b should be 8 and f should be 3--I had them reversed in the answer key. I thank Paul and his student and apologize to all for this. It should not have happened and won''t again. link]. Essentials of Human Communication Key word quiz

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Height

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Here is a revision of a little quiz to introduce the topic of height in a nonverbal or other communication class. It contains both historical and contemporary personalities and should play well in the classroom. The Self-test Try estimating the heights of the following famous people whom you’ve probably read about or heard about (but probably not seen in person) by circling the guessed height. In each of these examples, one of the heights given is correct.

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The Basic Communication Course

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I wrote this little piece to respond to some concerns voiced on the Basic Course List and I thought it might be relevant more generally. The recent posts about increasing class size and the new student learning objectives/outcomes are alarming. And, as the economic pressure on colleges continues, it only looks like it’s going to get worse. Now may be the time to reconsider and reconceptualize the basic course.

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