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MCOM 142, Week 2: Vocal and Nonverbal Delivery

Adapted from O'Hair, 5th ed., browse a mind-map of chapters 18, 19 and 20.
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Glen Gummess

on 23 April 2014

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Transcript of MCOM 142, Week 2: Vocal and Nonverbal Delivery

6 MCOM 142 Week 2,
Vocal and Nonverbal Delivery Chapter 18, Methods of Delivery Strive for Naturalness Show Enthusiasm Project a Sense of Confidence and Composure Engage Your Audience by Being Direct If you must read from prepared text, do so naturally. In general, don't try to memorize entire speeches. When speaking impromptu, maximize any preparation time. In the early 1900's the "elocution movement", a formal style of delivery was seen as more important as the message itself. What is true today? the Message, ... content, ... is more important Be genuine, be natural... how? Practice What effect does enthusiasm have on your audience? it's contagious What does enthusiasm do? It focuses your audience's attention on the message. What does your confidence inspire in your audience? confidence in you What are the two ways that you can build rapport with your audience and show that you care about them and their reasons for listening to you? You make your message relevant to your audience, and...
you show your interest and concern for them in your delivery. How do you "be direct?" "Maintain eye contact; use a friendly tone of voice; animate your facial expressions, especially positive ones such as smiling; and position yourself so that you are physically close to the audience. (258)." Vary the rhythm of your words
Become familiar enough with the speech to establish eye contact.
Consider using compelling presentation aids. But there are times when you will need to. Can you think of any? toasts, introductions, and portions of speeches where you must recite a quotation.

What do you do to succeed in memorization and delivery? "Be sure to learn your speech so completely that in actual delivery you can focus on conveying enthusiasm and directness. About speaking extemporaneously... Get yourself the most important instructional technology in your hot little hand.
Put the most important software you have to work.
think... reflect... breeeeeaaaaaaathhhhhhe.
jot down key words. Short phrases.
stay on topic. Don't wander off track.
Does your speech follow someone else's? Acknowledge them.
State your ideas. Summarize them.
Use transitions such as... ? Focus your topic to the audience
Prepare a thesis statement.
Research
Outline main points
Outline subordinate points.
Practice the speech at least... (how many times?)
See chapter 2. Ch. 19: The Voice in Delivery Find your "Goldilocks" level... Adjust your speaking volume intonation
pitch Beware of speaking in a monotone. the "pregnant pause" Use strategic pauses and avoid meaningless vocal fillers What do we mean by vocal variety? Use Vocal Variety Learn to pronounce words correctly. Be concious of how you pronounce and articulate words. Not too soft-- the back of the room needs to hear you.
Not too loud-- you don't want to blow away the front row.
But juuuuuuuuusssst riiiiiiiiighhhht.
How do you know when you're not speaking loud enough? non-verbals non-verbals non-verbals. when your audience is straining to hear you. Examples and Tips How many ways are there to say "I love you?" Remember... I love you. I love you. I love you. Darling, I love you. Dammit! I LOVE you! "A monotone voice is the death knell to any speech. Speakers who are vocally monotone rapidly lose the audience's attention and goodwill.(265)" So, how do you train yourself to use dynamic intonation and pitch? Mark your copy.
(try it) Reminder: two thirds normal speed. (requires conscious effort. Adjust your speaking rate for comprehension and expressiveness. Be alert to your audience's reactions to know when you're going too fast or too slow.
Vary your speaking rate to indicate different meanings. Slow rate: thoughfulness, seriousness, solemnity, reverence, concern Fast rate lively pace, excitement, adventure, happiness, enthusiasm, etc. the master of vocal delivery Paul Harvey What are some examples of vocal fillers? "uh" "ummmmm" "hmmm" "you know" "I mean" Vocal variety can be thought as the combination of everything that has been discussed in this section on vocal delivery: pauses to emphasize points ...draw attention to key thoughts. ...allow listeners a moment to contemplate what you've said. Volume Pitch Intonation Rate Need an example? Dialect? Make sure your audience understands you. Don't mumble. Don't Slur. Let's go back to our example. ... but don't go overboard.
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