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Course Number: 95-718

Professional Speaking

Units: 6

Enrollment: limited to 10 students per section

Students must attend the first meeting if they intend to enroll in the class.

As IT specialists and managers, you will explain new procedures and advocate specific policies and strategies to a variety of audiences. This class helps refine your ability to verbally present and visually display specialized knowledge so that its significance for listeners is clear.

Assignments in Professional Speaking focus on organizational skills, argumentation, extemporaneous delivery, and use of computer graphics. Each presentation is an exercise in 'thinking aloud'. Presenters are asked to identify the outcomes they want to achieve, cite sources of information they use, and design visual aids that reinforce major points of their presentations. Presentations are based on material related to participants' experience and/or training in some aspect of information systems management.

You will give four formal speeches and a variety of informal presentations in this class. Formal speeches include:

1. Speech to Inform (extemporaneous; 8-10 minutes; written analysis, outline, and visuals.): Examples might include the relationship between encryption standards and international marketing, the future of traditional comprehensive Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, or an explanation of Object Oriented Programming.
2. Speech to Persuade (extemporaneous; 8-10 minutes; written analysis, outline, and visuals). Examples might include why functional decomposition should be mastered, why an organization should switch from Windows NT to Linux, or why venture capitalists should fund my business plan.
3. Speech to Evoke or Ceremonial Speech (extemporaneous or manuscript; 5 minutes; written analysis and outline, visuals optional). Examples might include talking to start-up employees about Killer Apps, accepting the 'Best Software Engineering Award,' or celebrating the birth of the PS90718 Microprocessor.
4. Revision (extemporaneous; 8-10 minutes; written analysis and outline; visuals). An edited version of the informative or persuasive speech. The revision is the final speech.
Every speech you give will be videotaped. You will review and evaluate your tape during required weekly meetings with a Professional Speaking Teaching Assistant.

Chris Labash