- Attendance Card: Fill in your:
- Name (what do you want to be called in class)
- Preferred E-Mail address
- Phone number
- I am:
- Quick introduction to the course. Four elements
- Interpersonal Communication
- Organizational Communication
- Small Group Interaction
- All are important business communication skills
- None will be covered in a lot of detail here
- There are whole courses on each in this department
- This is a practice oriented survey course, so we'll spend time "doing" each
- Four online resources
- My Student page: http://davis.foulger.info/brooklyn
- You can get to the other resources from there
- Note my office hours
- The syllabus: http://davis.foulger.info/brooklyn/spring2013/busprofcomm
- Class discussion notes: http://evolutionarymedia.com/student.htm
- The class Moodle discussion/learning space: http://messageecologies.com/ed
- You'll do many of your class assignments here
- The first ones are due for the next class.
- Instructions below.
How to register for this classes discussion/learning space
- Point your web browser at http://messageecologies.com/ed
- Click on "Login" at the bottom of the screen.
- Press the "Create New Account" button in the right column of the login screen.
- You'll be asked to fill in a series of fields that include your user ID, password, e-mail address, location, etc. Fill them in as accurately as you can. Remember your userid and password. You will need them to log in again.
- When processing of this page completes you will be sent an e-mail at the address you specify (be sure to use e-mail that you can get to from the web). Open that e-mail and confirm your registration by pressing the confirmation link in the e--mail.
- When you submit this page you will enter the Moodle environment. If you see a button marked courses, press it. You will see this course "Business Communication Spring 2013" listed. Select the course.
- You will be asked for the key which I provided in the syllabus ("sp2623").
What is Communication?
- The thing we do most in our lives
- More time than we spend eating
- More time than most of us spend sleeping
- Bell's Drawing of the Telephone (from
- By today's standards Bells model describes what we think of as an intercom
- The real invention is the microphone and the speaker
- key elements of this model
- Somebody talks
- Somebody else listens
- There is a mechanism that carries the message from one person to another
- There is at least one noise source (the battery)
- This model is the beginning of the today's field of communication
- And other fields in Engineeing and Computer Science
- Abstracts Bell's model into its fundamental components
- Helps us to take apart (decompose) the process of communication
- My Model
- This last model is kind of an outline of the course
- How consumption of messages has shaped you are
- How to be a more effective consumer of messages (listener)
- How to be a more effective creator of messages
- The nature of language and non-verbal communication
- The effective of relationships on our communication ... and of communication on our relationships
- The varieties of communication media
- How to build and maintain better relationships through more effective communication
- Let's meet you
- Break up into pairs
- Interview your partner for about two minutes
- Learn their name and how to pronounce it correctly
- Find out what they like to do
- Find out what they do for a living
- See what else is interesting about them.
- Obviously you'll each have to interview the other
- When you're both done interviewing I'll give you a minute to outline an introduction based on what you discovered.
- Then you'll each introduce your partner to the rest of the class
- You just gave a speech!
- Some notes on fear of public speaking ("stage fright"/communication apprehension)
- It's common.
- Some people say they are more afraid of giving a speech than they are of dying.
- It's largely an inherited condition
- If you have stage fright, one or both of your parents probably do
- It is an adrenaline reaction (fight or flight)
- the first piece of social behavior ever tied to our DNA (Jim ?McCroskey)
- It can actually be treated medically (with an adrenaline reaction suppresant (a type of beta blocker)
- But you shouldn't need medical treatment
- It's enough to know that it isn't real; that its just your body fooling you.
- If you know all this it isn't hard to overcome:
- Remember that lot's of people in any audience understand stage fright
- Get out there.
- Look over your audience before you start speaking.
- Smile and look for somebody to smile back. Somebody always will.
- Give the speech to them
- There are other tricks. The book will talk about some.
Assignments for next time:
- Join the Moodle (instructions below)
- Read http://davis.foulger.info/research/unifiedModelOfCommunication.htm and Chapter 1 of the text. Write down two questions about the reading. Post your questions to the Moodle.
- Bring a resume for class. Any resume that you might use for a job interview will do.
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