Special Occasion Speaking as PRETEST / page  has been updated

 

 

RATIONALE:   Your experiences in your basic communication course, e.g. COST1500/1600 should have already taught you the primary categories of Public Speaking:  Speaking-To-Inform, Speaking-to-Persuade, and Everything Else. This last category encompasses a wide variety of speech goals often referred to as "SPECIAL OCCASION." Despite the use of the word "special" , these speaking situations are immensely common and touch many people who do not think of themselves as public speakers. This "public speaking of our everyday lives” poses special challenges due to the diversity of goals and contexts.

 

 All forms of Public Communication  involve similar tasks and skills:

> Audience Analysis

> Audience Adaptation

>Literal & Figurative Language

> Vocal & Physical Delivery

 

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PROCEDURE OVERVIEW

This semester, the Special Occasion unit is being used as a PRE-TEST to assess your current knowledge & skill levels in Public, Presentational & Professional speaking. It also will be a test of your powers of imagination, skills of  improvisation & ability to think on your feet. In the space of a single class session, and by collaborating in small teams, we will be devising and delivering a mock banquet program full of public/professional speeches.

 

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STEP-BY-STEP PROCEDURE

 

1-   Prior to the class workshop session, students should read the relevant chapters.{6th ed = chap 27} 
2- During class, if there is time, the instructor will review key S.O.concepts and will show selected, additional videoclips to illustrate Special Occasion Speeches in action (e.g. award show acceptances, etc.). Several clips are already linked below on this page.
3-  On workshop day, the Professor will distribute a handout in the form of a banquet program for a hypothetical Public Speaking Class Reunion - specifying various S.O. tasks—such as Introductions, Award Presentations, Toasts, Eulogies, etc.  {See sample program below.}
4- Small teams will be formed and charged with the task of cooperatively creating a designated speech to be delivered as part of the “banquet.”  During the specified workshop class session, these mini-teams will work for 30-40 minutes to research additional guidelines, create & practice their assigned speeches.
5-  As an option, the Professor might supply links to newspaper clippings of wedding announcements, feature articles, obituaries, etc. to help jump-start students’ speech content.
6 -  In the last 25 minutes of the class session, the Banquet program will proceed from beginning to end.
7- At the end of the “program”, the individual speakers will receive oral feedback and a few will get an opportunity to “take 2” and deliver the speech again. {Although all team members work on the creation of the speech, usually only 1-2 people per team actually deliver it.} Ideally the oral presentation sequences will be:
  > 1 team member: tells what S.O. techniques your team specifically applied
  > 1 team member: delivers the SO speech
  > 1 team member: gives a post mortem of the presentation [due to time constraints, this portion might carry over to the next class session]

 

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EVENT PROGRAM

 

 

Welcome

to our

Special Occasion

 

 

The Third Annual

Communication Class

Reunion Banquet

 

 

We hope you will join us in  Remembering and Celebrating our experiences in a  course that changed our lives.

Text Box: YOU & your teammate(s) have _____ (about  45)  minutes to create the assigned Special Occasion speech.  You should also take your break sometime during this period.  For the content for most of these speeches, you should use data from the clippings (*)  provided.  However,  some teams will need to rely on using your  imaginations to make up hypothetical details when necessary. The point is to practice the creation & delivery of special occasion-type speeches. 


After the special occasion speeches are created, they will be delivered according to the sequence in the banquet program: [each team will get a grade for the overall quality of the  strategies+ creation + the delivery + the postmortem]

 

 

 

Today’s program:

 »WELCOME SPEECH  delivered by ________

 »IN MEMORIAM delivered by __________________ _____________

In commemoration of our members who have  passed away this year

»PRESENTATION OF DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS  AWARD

delivered by __________________

»ACCEPTANCE OF THE D.A. AWARD delivered by ______________

»ANNOUNCEMENT OF TODAY’S GUEST OF HONOR/LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT delivered by _____________________ - tentative

 »TOAST delivered by _____________

in honor of our most recently married couple.

 

»TOAST delivered by _____________

 in honor of a newly engaged  couple  - tentative

»if time, ________________ (TBD) delivered by _____________ - tentative

    

»CLOSING COMMENTS (A.D.S) delivered by ________________

A.D.S. = After Dinner Speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

misc source news clippings: [ Some Browsers require opening in a new window] [ Please let me know if any links no longer work]

 * a wedding couple 

* an acceptance speech- history making/rule breaking (Miranda)

* an acceptance speech- history making/rule breaking (Berry)

* an acceptance speech - unconventional/inspirational (Durant)

* an acceptance speech - conventional/eloquently succinct ( McDormand)

* a eulogy -  ( B. Crystal>R.Williams)

* a eulogy w/ humorous anecdote ( Hanks) TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ONE!!!

* a eulogy + tribute + inspirational + intro of Guest Speaker ( H.S. speaker)

* tips for the Toast - How to (N. Mitchell etiquette series)

* a Wedding Toast - fictional; part stand up comedy (Romano/Barone)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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misc source news clippings:

 * a wedding couple 

* an acceptance speech- history making/rule breaking (Miranda)

* an acceptance speech- history making/rule breaking (Berry)

* an acceptance speech - unconventional/inspirational (Durant)

* an acceptance speech - conventional/eloquently succinct ( McDormand)

* a eulogy -  ( B. Crystal>R.Williams)

* a eulogy + tribute + inspirational + intro of Guest Speaker ( H.S. speaker)

 

NB:  In last few years, there have been several prominent passings  [ that you might know]. If you look up their published obituaries, you will get a sense of possible eulogy content.

Pierre Boulez ( Orchestra Conductor)

David Bowie ( Musical & Creative  artist)

Natalie Cole ( Musical artist)

Dan Haggerty ( Actor- Grizzly Adams)

Pat Harrington ( Actor - Schneider, One Day at a Time)

Alan Rickman ( Actor-Severus Snape, Harry Potter)

Craig Strickland ( Singer, BackRoad Anthem)

Chester Bennington ( Musician)

Prince ( Musical & Creative  artist)

Cris Cornell (Musician)

Dick Gregory ( Comedian & Activist)

Jerry Lewis (Comic Actor & movie maker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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