last updated 3/10/17

  MAJOR PRESENTATION #2-ver. 2.1   

 [Decision Making Analysis]


  {subtitle: "Did they make the 'right' choice???"}

Be sure to read this assignment carefully & thoroughly-- especially the "tips" at the end.  It serves as a "How To" manual-- not simply as an assignment sheet. 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.



ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS    (including advice on Leadership Functions)





 some sample topics ( i.e. an already completed  DECISION to "second guess" ) : Connecticut Chemotherapy / Closing the IZOD center  / Nationwide Insurance's sad Super Bowl commercial / 84 Lumber 2017 Superbowl commercial /  more topics  listed below






By means of  your readings (W.I.G.: Chapter 9 {7th/6th ed}  / Ch10-5th ed) as well as the recent in-class activities, you  have encountered the details of committee deliberation  & closed-system decision-making (i.e. a private group DM/ no audience"). Former football linebacker, Chris Borlund  eloquently expressed the essence of the decision-making mindset: "I did a lot of research , and for me, (this decision) made sense, and (I) came to the conclusion it was the best decision for me," Face The Nation  on 3/22/15.



For this next presentation, you will be applying this knowledge through a panel discussion format. Your group will  deliberate  & evaluate the quality of a real-life contemporary decision while the class/audience observes.


The real-life decision that your group selects to evaluate should be somewhat within the group's "area of freedom" [i.e. realm of  influence]  & one that the group members actually care about. The goal is for the discussion/presentation  to involve actual positions-- rather than simply pretending or arguing as a "Devil's Advocate".


At the end of your deliberation, your group come to a decision about whether or not the parties in the contemporary situation made the "best" decision. You can arrive at this decision via consensus or majority  / avoid expert-leader methods.  


Decision Making discussions generally use a topic focus that is based in either FACT [F]  or  VALUE [V]  or  POLICY [P] on the topic. Be sure to review these three(3) concepts in your textbook & your notes ( including the Decision Making slide shows).  This will help your group get onto the correct "road" &  stay in the proper "lane".




<1> Once again each group member will bring in a news clipping to be "pitched" to the rest of the group.  The whole project will go more smoothly if the original news article clearly indicates which  "road" the parties chose to go down in order to make their decision,  i.e.        

       * did they decide on something's worth  [= question ofValue]     

        * did they decide on a desired course of action [= question of Policy]  

            * did they decide on the truth/falsity of statement [=question of Fact];



<2>  This time each group will use a similar phrasing for the Discussion Question.  Here is your template:   { "Considering the various factors  & criteria in this situation ( _insert  key words for your group's topic__) , did the parties make the "best" decision?"  }


 SOME ADDITIONAL sample news clippings of questionable decisions that bear revisiting: The end of tele-commuting at Yahoo & at Best Buy / the banning of foam/styrofoam food containers in NYC



<3> As always, the group will complete & submit the appropriate  Preliminary Agenda/  Completing that task also will help the group determine its goals, presentation content, research needs, and individuals' task assignments.  THIS SEMESTER, THE COMPLETED Preliminary "DM" Agenda/Outline  IS DUE BY EMAIL NO LATER THAN 5:00pm Fri 3/3/17--preferably earlier. Note. These presentations occur right after Spring Break.



<4> The end result = A PANEL Presentation --This format differs from the Symposium that you did for the 1st presentation.  This time, the class listens in as a silent audience, while the group members  EXTEMPORANEOUSLY discuss, explore &"second guess" the choices that were made in their selected real life situation. In advance, group members will be assigned specific areas of "expertise" involving the situation under discussion. There will be minimal need for group GMAP sessions.  During this presentation,  group members are expected to cite explicitly from their own research & use their researched data to support their arguments .  This means that the group participants will interact SPONTANEOUSLY and the decision which is reached at the end of the presentation will be based on grounded "argumentation" of the facts. [i.e. discussants will be graded on how well they support their points.]  Ultimately, as a whole, the presentation will come to a determination about whether or not the actual,  real-life decision was the "best" one.   See below for some Panel discussion format "tips".


<5> Possible Procedural Variations:  As we get closer to the presentation date, some additional specifications may be added. These will be verified during in-class GMAPs but if in doubt, be sure to ask.


VARIATION #1: applicable in some semesters &  to be used again  for this semester. Confirm speakers with professor.

Overall, your symposium skills could use a little bit more practice.  Therefore, -- All groups must begin their decision making analysis presentations with a 3-4 minute SYMPOSIUM segment to occur prior to the actual panel discussion. Be sure to refer to Presentation guidelines discussed in the Chapter 12 ( 7th ed) [6th ed = Appendix] /-especially the section on "Team Presentations".  The total presentation time remains the same as specified below-- so it may not be possible
9 or even necessary) for EVERYONE to speak in the symposium segment. It's recommended that priority be given to those individuals whose segments did not proceed smoothly in Presentation #1.   
For this mini-symposium segment of the presentation, the L/M's primary role will be to introduce, keep things moving & ensure that this segment gets done in 3-4 minutes MAX.


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







Review the reminders at the bottom of the Info-Sharing presentation's assignment sheet, as well as the  following notes...


Overall Presentation time is 20-25 15-20 minutes.


Videorecording is planned. The expectation is to videorecord these panel discussions using  TBD. You do not have to bring anything. See additional info. below.















This summary is designed to help change your mindset from SYMPOSIUM presentation delivery techniques to PANEL presentation delivery techniques
1- A 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- A CHANGE IN HANDLING THE DATA- Rather than giving all  of his/her researched data in one utterance, each participant contributes to the ongoing discussion by inserting the researched details (stats, examples, quotes, etc) as supporting material while  "proving"  one's position on the topic & what options should be chosen.

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- A 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" & a  "warrant" in your attempts to influence your group members'  thinking.
4- A 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- A CHANGE IN DELIVERY NEEDS- Think carefully about appearance-- both for  individuals & for the group as a whole.   Although all participants  likely will be seated throughout, delivery style should be extemporaneous & should make use of  skillful Oral Communication techniques (e.g. NO HATS  / upright seated posture / eloquent language /  no inappropriate slang or colloquialisms . etc. )
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ADDITIONAL "TIPS" to be added as needed. See below for slides summarizing the steps for: PRE--DURING--AFTER




created - 2/2012/  last updated 3/10/17



Reminder slides from in class slide show lecture (generic version):



S'17 VARIATION: It's not necessary for each person to participate in the opening Symposium segment. However, full, balanced oral participation is expected during the panel discussion.  TOTAL presentation time = 15-20 minutes.



S'17 VARIATION: It is voluntary to complete the "Grading Our Group's  Presentation". It requires completion of additional group deliberation and submission of an multipart document. [click for the Performance Assessment directions page]  If your group opts not to complete the "Grading-Your-Own...", the Professor will do the grading, according to the usual criteria for this course.