MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE | KENDALL CAMPUS

  Marie Knepper
    Department of English and Communications
       
    CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Marie Knepper
Professor of Speech Communication
Department of English and Communications
Phone: 305-237-0308
Office:  M213
E-mail: mknepper@mdc.edu

Kendall Campus
11011 SW 107 Street
Miami, FL 33176
    COURSE INFORMATION

  FALL  SEMESTER  2010

SPC1017

SPC1017
SPC1017
SPC1017
SPC1017
Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Monday/Wednesday
Tuesday/Thursday
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Saturday
     
    OFFICE SCHEDULE

 
Monday Text Box: DID YOU KNOW THAT.....
Text Box: IN OUR CULTURE, EYE CONTACT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF BODY LANGUAGE (KINESICS). YOUR AUDIENCE WILL JUDGE HOW MUCH THEY WILL TRUST YOU, LISTEN TO YOU, AND EVEN LIKE YOU, BY YOUR EYE CONTACT DURING A PRESENTATION! ALL EFFECTIVE SPEAKERS MAKE LOTS OF EYE CONTACT WHILE SPEAKING!
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    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

 
Ph.D. Communication Studies, University of Miami, 2002 to present
M.A.  Communication, University of Illinois, 1990
B.A. Political Science, University of Denver, 1983
Certified Training and Development Specialist, FIU, 1993
Certified Leadership Development Specialist, FIU, 1991
 
     
    EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

 
Excellent communication skills are one of the most important factors in personal and professional success. My teaching mission is to provide students with practical, useful learning experiences in a way they can understand, enjoy, and apply.

SPC1017 is a practical, fun, and informative course designed to help you communicate more confidently and effectively at work, at school, and at home. 

     
    SPC1017 -  COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Public Speaking:  your ability to select, organize, and effectively deliver information in a   professional, confident manner.

Small Group Communication:  your ability to enhance critical problem-solving, conflict   management, and listening skills in a small group setting.

Interpersonal Communication
:  your ability to understand the types and stages of          interpersonal relationships, and to communicate more effectively one-on-one.

Learning Outcomes:

#1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

#3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.

#4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.

 

     
    FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

 

 

Jerry Seinfeld got a big laugh when he joked about a survey that found that the fear of public speaking ranks higher in most people's minds than the fear of death."In other words," he deadpanned, "at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy."

Fear of speaking in public is natural, normal, and can be managed.  Think of yourself as a racehorse before a big race.  You are focused, you are excited, you anticipate what's going to happen.  Some nervousness is necessary to keep you primed and ready for your race, or your presentation.  The trick is to maintain that racehorse anticipation, and avoid negative self-talk ("I'll forget what I'm going to say,"  "The audience won't like me or my speech,"  or even "I'll pass out!" ).   

Some tips for managing podium panic:

Rehearse, rehearse!  Try to practice at least two to three times before the speech.  Experts suggest you invest one hour of preparation (including putting the speech together) for every minute of your speech.

Practice in front of a live audience.  Get your audience to give you feedback.  If that's not possible, the bathroom mirror is okay; even better, though, is to record your speech and view the results.

If possible, know in advance where you are going to speak, and try to practice there. "Knowing the room" makes you feel more confident once you get up to speak.

Practice positive self-talk.  Turn off that little voice in your head (that's you talking to yourself) that predicts doom and gloom.  Think positive thoughts instead.

Speaking effectively in public has long been recognized as a leadership skill.  It's just a matter of patience, practice, and preparation!


 
     
    ONLINE RESOURCES / LINKS

 

1)  Speech Cntr., Rm. M221 at http://www.mdc.edu/kendall/english/speechlab.asp

2)    Writing Cntr., Rm. 2207: http://www.mdc.edu/kendall/english/writing_center.asp

3)    Kendall Campus Library, Bldg. 2: http://www.mdc.edu/kendall/library/about.asp 

4)    Kendall Campus  Computer Courtyard, Building 2, First Floor at: http://www.mdc.edu/kendall/kendallcourtyard/

      
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