Plan for the Day
- Portfolio Discussion
- Review In-Class Copyediting
- Presentation Discussion
- Rhetorical Analysis Remarks
- Final Exam Review (30 seconds)
- Workshop on Portfolios and Presentations
It only took most of the semester, but I have your portfolio guidelines up on the Assignments Page. Let’s take a look.
Because each of you needs to do an oral presentation, I want us to go over some important aspects of public speaking. Although your presentations for this class aren’t the exact format you can expect throughout your careers, it’s important to practice public speaking whenever you can. Your classmates want you to do well, so the classroom setting is great for practicing oral presentations.
I have some questions about oral presentations for a class discussion:
- What are some common presentation pitfalls?
- Why is understanding your purpose so important?
- What are some questions you should ask about your audience?
- What type of delivery method will work best for you or you and your group—memorized, reading (scripted), notes, or impromptu?
- What are some advantages and disadvantages of the above delivery methods?
- What’s important to keep in mind about visuals (which you must use?
- How should you manage your presentation style?
Please have an overview. Spend 15-20 secs telling the audience (us) what you’re going to discuss in your presentation. Introduce us to the topic.
Don’t just jump into your presentation like this guy…
I made specific suggestions for revision on your drafts, but here are some big things to consider:
- Dominant rhetorical appeal
- Practice what you preach
- Set prose selection text apart from your analysis with quotation marks or italics
- Transition from discussing one part of the selection to another
- “In the next sentence…”
- “In contrast to that phrase…”
- Consider diction and metaphor
- Show…don’t tell–use proof and sound reasoning to explain why you think the prose conveys the message you claim
Workshop and Presentation Issues
In 4-5 min, explain what guided your revision choices for your four portfolio assignments: Review #1, Review #2, and the Rhetorical Analysis. This isn’t a speech where you go over every change; in fact, you can do a good job just explaining how your final documents convey the message you think is conveyed. It is your job to select the appropriate examples and not go over (or under) time.
In case there was some confusion, the 5183 students are doing a 5-6 minute presentation on 11/28 before the portfolio workshop, and on 12/05 everyone will be doing 4-5 minute presentations. I will score your presentation on a scale of 1 to 20 (total of 100) based on the following criteria:
- Appearance of preparation
- Eye contact
- Voice Projection
- Time—don’t go over five minutes and don’t go under four minutes (practice so you get it just right)
Although it may seem like too much extra work, you should practice your oral presentations in order to gauge how long your part will take. You can’t possibly convey all the choices you made as an information designer in the time you have. Therefore, you must choose your points wisely. Whether you’re finished talking or not, I’ll cut you off if you go longer than your time limit (4-5 min). I will stop you mid sentence if need be. Again, preparation is crucial. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared for all oral presentations.