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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 FAll 2014" 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 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
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)
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.
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