Absolutely free tips for SUCCEEDING or FAILING this class!!!

 

How to SUCCEED in COMM 100

  • Come to class
    • Bookmark the schedule; know what is coming up
    • Have chapter read on assigned day
  • Plan for all three speeches
    • Read all three assignments early in semester
    • Ponder if you can link all three
  • Manage your time well
    • Plan your reading/writing for the week
    • Take note of your speech dates as soon as they are posted
  • With each chapter covered, ask yourself how you can apply the material to your upcoming speech.
  • Start writing your speeches early
    • Grow them from the middle
      • Get ideas down as fragments
    • Find the best organizational pattern
    • Work on phrasing your main points & sub-points
      • Flesh them out to full sentences
      • Strive for parallel phrasing
    • Research diligently
      • Avoid general search engines
      • Pay attention to Library Activity
      • Keep to Academic sources
      • Track sources as you go
        • Make bibliography entries
    • Put research into your preparation outline
      • Keeping within the outline format
      • A speech is not a paper
      • Support assertions with sufficient evidence
      • Use a wide variety of good sources
    • Collapse outline and check phrasing of main points
      • Compose a good preview statement
      • Finish your Header Section
        • Write a central idea and specific purpose statement that reflect your main points
    • Have your speech finished 3 or 4 days before giving it
  • Make your visual aids before your rehearsal process
    • Keep them simple and clear
    • Make sure they conform to the assignment
    • Know the technology you plan to use
      • Try it on classroom computer days before speech
      • Especially PowerPoint made on a Mac
  • Rehearse your speech in at least 4 sessions
    • First by reading your preparation outline
    • Then with speaking outline and preparation outline
    • Then only with speaking outline and visual aids
    • Then with live audience and visual aids
  • Give your speech extemporaneously
    • Connect with your audience
    • Use a conversational tone
    • Be confident and enthusiastic
    • Be a good tour guide; pace your ideas
    • Cite all of your sources
  • Be active during oral critiques
    • Own your own perceptions
    • Apply comments of other speeches to your next speech
    • Become a better listener
  • Study for the final
    • Distributed practice trumps cramming

How to FAIL Comm 100

  • Blow off class
  • Be surprised by those you attend
    • Don't read the chapter
  • Act like you have no ideas of what the next speech assignment is
  • Live in the moment, not for the future
  • Forget when your speech is due
  • Panic when you check and throw your speech together
    • Buy your speech off the internet -or-
    • Cobble together a speech by cutting and pasting from web pages. -or-
  • Write your speech as quickly as possible.
    • Write it as stream of consciousness; that's fun!
    • Write it as paragraphs.
    • Don't know or care what the main points are or how they are arranged
    • Don't model your speech after the many in the book
    • Don't use the Microsoft Word template for an organizational pattern nor the online outliner app.
  • Use Google as your main research tool
  • Don't cite your sources
  • Don't turn in a bibliography.
  • Use only a few sources
    • Use general web sites
    • As extra fun, use only blanket citations
  • Don't rehearse out loud
    • In fact, don't rehearse at all
  • Make a sloppy and cluttered visual aid the night before
    • Fumble with it (or the computer)
    • Forget to use it
    • Distract us with it
  • Set up for your speech as if it was your first time in the classroom
  • Read your speech from your preparation outline
    • Mumble a lot
    • Let ends of phrases trail off
    • Be monotone
    • Don't look at us at all
    • Mispronounce words
    • Say "um' and "uh" as much as you can
  • Violate classroom ethics
    • Put your audience in danger
    • Use out-dated material
    • Lie a lot
    • Be belligerent
    • Dis your audience
    • Choose trivial topics
    • Plagiarize!
  • Don't contribute
    • Doodle while classmates speak
    • Don't give encouraging feedback during the speech
    • Don't participate during the oral critique
  • Cram for the final the night before
    • Don't know where or when it is; even though that is on the schedule of classes from Day 1
    • Bring the wrong Scantron form