Sorry, I know I promised a video to you, but a few things have come up. (The biggest one being the videocam on my iPhone is gone wacky.) I don’t think I’ll be able to make a video for you this weekend, so instead I’m going to ask you to do a little self-conscious exercise, in preparation for our next wave of speeches (starting 5 October).
As you interact with people over the next few days, try to pay attention to the following two things:
In both cases, remember: think about the communicative function and ask yourself what purpose these (mostly unconscious) practices serve. How do they work? Are some people better than others at them naturally? How about you?
Your next speech for our class will be completely impromptu, by the way: no preparation of scripts, no preparation at all. We’re going to draw topics out of a hat. So the only thing I want you to prepare is the following:
We will distribute topics on Tuesday, Oct. 5, and proceed with speeches over the next week or two.
I hope your weekend’s been great!