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  MAJOR PRESENTATION #2        [Our Decision Making]

  {subtitle: "Which option should we choose ???"}


Be sure to read this assignment carefully & thoroughly-- especially the "tips" at the end. It contains all the details you need to know in order to complete this presentation successfully. If you have any additional questions, be sure to email your Professor.




Decision Making discussions are usually closed (i.e. a "private group") . However. in the case of this particular presentation, the group participants will proceed through the steps of the "standard" decision making process while the class/audience observes. The chosen topic should be one which is somewhat within the group's "area of freedom" [i.e. realm of  influence] so that the discussion should involve real life concerns rather than simply pretending.

Decision Making discussions are generally FACT [F]   or  VALUE [V] or  POLICY [P]  in their focus. Be sure to review the appropriate sections in your text & notes. So that you can ensure that you make the appropriate choice & the discussion plans to go-down-the-right-road.




<1> Once again each group member will bring in a news clipping to be "pitched" to the rest of the group.  The group should select one of these presentation topics & determine your desired focus [i.e which road do you want to go down]:

            * deciding on something's worth [question ofValue] /    

            * deciding on a desired course of action [question of Policy] /

                    * deciding on the truth or falsity of statement [question of Fact];


<2> Phrase a suitable Discussion Question according to the text's guidelines

{Ex: "Should Seton Hall accept transfer students who are already in their Junior or Senior year?" [P] /

"Is it right for my town to provide public monetary support to private schools ?" [V] /

 "Are D.W.I. road checks the most effective method for controlling drunk driving?" [F] } ;


<3> As always, the group will use the Preliminary Agenda/Outline-DMver to help determine its goals, presentation content, research needs , and individuals' task assignments


<4> The end result = A PANEL Presentation -- With the class as audience, the group members will EXTEMPORANEOUSLY explore the implications of the potential choices  in their topic situation by explicitly citing from their research & supporting materials. Group Participants will INTERACT SPONTANEOUSLY and a decision will ultimately  (evolving naturally) be reached at the end of the presentation (i.e.  the group will choose one

 alternative out of the list of possibilities )  See below for some Panel format "tips" .


VARIATION #1: applicable in some semesters &  tentatively to be used again  for this semester. Confirm with professor. Overall, your symposium skills could use a bit more practice. SO-- All groups must begin their decision making presentations with a 5-6 minute SYMPOSIUM segment prior to the panel discussion segment. Be sure to refer to Presentation guidelines discussed in Chap 13-especially the section on "Team Presentations". Total presentation time remains the same as specified below. For the just added symposium segment of the presentation, the L/M's primary role will be to introduce, keep things moving & ensure that it all gets done in 5-6 minutes.


VARIATION #2: applicable in some semesters &  tentatively to be used again  for this semester.  Confirm with professor.    Before the formal start of the presentation (i.e. before timing begins) some groups will need to give a 30 sec.- 1 minute  Show & Tell explanation of the group's final logo.





See the reminders at the bottom of the previous presentation's assignment sheet, and...



to aid in changing your mindset from SYMPOSIUM presentation delivery techniques to PANEL presentation delivery techniques
1- CHANGE IN COMMUNICATION FLOW- You are now talking to your group members for the benefit of an audience that is listening in, but not participating vocally.
2- CHANGE IN HANDLING OF THE DATA- Rather than giving all  of his/her researched data in one block, each participant contributes to the ongoing discussion by inserting the researched details (stats, examples, quotes, etc)as supporting material as "proof" for your personal position on the topic & supports for  which options should be taken.
NB: Reasoning & Argumentation are at the forefront of a true panel discussion. The "information is not there for its own sake, but rather to support the group members' respective positions on the Criteria, Options, & "best" Decision.
3- CHANGE IN INTERACTION PATTERNS- you are now interacting directly with your group members & using argumentation [review Chap11(5ed)] in order to build & support a logical "claim" & "warrant" to use in trying  to persuade your group members' thinking.
4- CHANGE IN LISTENING NEEDS- Both the group members & the audience will make use of even more analytical & appreciative listening than last time. Even when you are not the one doing the speaking at any given moment,  & even though you might be seated throughout the presentation, you are On Stage the entire time, so your poise, posture & listening behaviors all need to reflect that fact.
5- CHANGE IN DELIVERY NEEDS- Think carefully about appearance-- both  individuals' & group's. Although all participants will likely be seated throughout, delivery style should be extemporaneous & should use good Oral Communication techniques (e.g. NO HATS  / upright seated posture / no inappropriate slang or colloquialisms . etc. )


ADDITIONAL "TIPS" to be added as needed



last major revision - 10/09 / last updated 2/2012