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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Changes in how we communicate in a medited world

  Changes over time, location and culture
A.    Listening Skills, Attention Spans vary by time, group, culture
1.     Lincoln Douglas Debates lasted hours, audience of farmers
2.     Billy the Kid was classically educated
3.     1960’s Debates and State of Union watched, listened to
4.     Retention skills diminishing with decline in reading
5.     Multi-Cultural effects (good and bad)
6.     Decline or evolution of vocabulary
7.     Use of verbal, vocal and visual shifts
8.     Various other education research finding
B.    Need for visual aids and entertaining or reengaging audience
1.     Maintain attention and comprehension
2.     Reinforce narrative on multiple levels
3.     Amplify examples
4.     Explain concepts
5.     Use ethos, pathos, logos and/or mythos
6.     Should be geared to audience
C.    Conversational tone
1.     Not the same as conversation
a.     Less colloquial
b.     One way verbal
c.     Slightly above level of audience
d.     Use contractions
e.     Use personal pronouns
f.      Inclusive
2.     Similar to conversation
a.     Vocabulary at audience level or explained
b.     Use of repetition to reinforce, explain
c.     Adapts to feedback from audience
d.     Gives impression of one-on-one conversation
e.     Eye contact (explained elsewhere in course)
D.   TV impact on public speaking
1.     Appear to be talking to each viewer individually
2.     Not cemented to podium
3.     Use of gestures
4.     Eye contact
5.     Jerry Springer, Jay Leno
6.     George Carlin, stadium, TV studio
E.    Internet impact on public speaking
1.     Immediacy expected
2.     Current information and events expected
3.     Audience may be more informed
4.     Audience may have stronger opinions or views
5.     Audience has shorter attention span
6.     Audience can research what you say during the speech
7.     Audience can check your facts
8.     Audience can do further research later
9.     Speech may be taped for later on-line review
F.    Need to do Public Speaking and Groups over Video or Audio links
1.     Video conferencing becoming common
2.     Video of live events becoming more common
3.     Video extension of interpersonal now a reality

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting summary.