Posts By: Tina Tan

Adapting a Speech to the Audience, A Lesson Plan

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Introduction: Maintaining an audience-centered approach is crucial to each step of the speech preparation process. From selecting a speech topic to deciding how to organize, word and deliver it, audience analysis is key. It is the process of gathering and analyzing information about audience members’ attributes and motivations with the explicit aim of preparing a […]

Code Switch – Race, Ethnicity, Culture

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Code Switch is an NPR (National Public Radio) blog developed to feature overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture. Posts look into how how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting. http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/

Listening is More than Just Ears

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The Chinese word for listening (pronounced ‘ting’) is made up of different individual words in the Chinese language. It emphasizes that listening is more than just with the ear. Other things come into play – being an active participant (you); eye contact is key (eyes); being attentive (undivided attention) and listening with the heart.

The Power of Vulnerability

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In the Interpersonal Communication course I teach, an area of focus is emotion and its impact on one-on-one communication. In this TED video, Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal […]

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

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In all areas of communication (including dyadic, group, meeting and public speaking,) body language can account for up to 70% of what is conveyed. Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves.  In this TED video social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in […]