FALL 2014 – WEEK 1: “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF”

CC Some rights reserved by Joe Hardy

CC Some rights reserved by Joe Hardy

August 21, 2014

First assignment, and for some of you, maybe the scariest. Let’s get it out of the way and everything else will be easier. They say public speaking is the greatest fear of most people. I maintain that driving in high-traffic, unfamiliar areas is way scarier than sharing cool information in an animated way with your peers who are actually interested in what you have to say. Just remember to make it interesting – and animated.

One day, if you haven’t already, you’ll find yourself in an interview where your potential employer or scholarship donor will say, “Tell me about yourself.” So that’s what I want you to plan to do, following these guidelines:

  • Use 1-2 minutes, telling us about yourself, but particularly one aspect, one interest, talent, passion, or amazing experience you’ve had and any stories connected to that fact that will make it more interesting for your audience.
  • Consider your audience and how to engage them (humor? shocking statement? little-known facts?)
  • Consider body language and eye contact.
  • Project your voice and speak clearly.
  • Plan. Think about the main thing you want your audience to know. Think about how to hook your audience, the plan what to do in between. Will you tell your story chronologically? Will you bring up topics from least important to most important? Plan. Practice. Then follow the plan.

Presentations will begin Friday. Rubric scores on speaking/listening will be for feedback only, but will give you an idea of how you would have scored and what you can work on for improvement.

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