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Dr. W. Mark Hearn
Department of Management

Semester:  Summer 2019 (06/14/19-07/25/19)
  SOBI Complex, Building 1, RM 108, 115 College Street, Jacksonville, AL  36265
Phone:  (256) 782 5756
Email:  mhearn@jsu.edu
Office Hours:  By appointment
Class during Summer 2019: 
CBA 350 01 Business Communications WWW Sum I  Syllabus

CBA 350 02 Business Communications WWW Sum II Syllabus
BA 501 01 Organizational Communications WWW Sum II Syllabus

Oral Presentation Guidelines and Scoring

  • Be ready when its your day.  On the day that you are scheduled to present, you need to have your report copied to the hard drive in our classroom in the folder designated for our class.  Details by request.  You need to do this before presentations are scheduled to begin.  You need to be seated in the classroom waiting your turn when the first presentation begins, assuming that your not going first.  If your late or don't have yours on the hard drive, you will lose points for organization and professionalism. 
  • Make time to experiment with the remote that control the projector in our classroom.  You want to know how it works before you get up there to present.
  • Don't lean on the podium during your presentation.
  • Face the audience while presenting.  Don't keep looking back at the screen.  Watch the monitor to see what's happening. Keep your hands in plain sight.  Not behind your back or in your pockets. 
  • Hard to pronounce words.  Try to get help before you present.  Failing this option, just go for it.  Be consistent.  Say it like you know it.
  • Make your presentation sound like conversation.
  • Speak a "little" louder than "normal". 
  • Practice the opening until you can say it with your head up.  Start with the subject and introduce yourself.  Don't start with good morning or Hi my name is "Joe Smoe".  Start with something like the following from Kati's example:  Having children was the farthest thing from Kim Presson’s mind, when she began volunteering for the March of Dimes.  Later in life she became pregnant, and had no idea that the money she helped raise would one day save the life of her child.  Hello everyone. My name is Kati Richards and I am here to talk to you about the March of Dimes Organization.  I have been a volunteer for the March of Dimes for the past 3 years and am very glad to be here with you today.  I hope to give you a better understanding of what this organization is about and why your help is needed. 
  • When you refer to an chart or an picture, the word chart or picture is not the subject of the verb (i.e. "Figure 1 shows", "This is a chart", This is a picture"). The chart/image is in support of the discussion. The information needs to be the subject of the verb (i.e. Unemployment has increased significantly over the last twelve months, as shown in Figure 1).  You should discuss the information and then refer to the figure or image to support what you just said: (as shown in Figure 1, or see Figure 1, or "The new President of Jacksonville State University is John Beehler, shown in the picture to the right"). For the most part, this goes for both text introductions in your report and oral introductions in a presentation.  In the text, you refer to the insert by label and #.  In the oral presentation, you would follow the same format when discussing the slide or chart (i.e.: "Unemployment has increased significantly as you can see from the chart".
  • Closing.  Try to let the audience know that your wrapping things up.  Try to close with a "bang"  not a "whimper" or just stop.  Again from Kati's example:    "As I close this presentation, I would like to go back to the story of the Kim Presson that I spoke to you about.  Kim Presson is a prime example that a premature birth can happen to anyone… she was healthy and had never drank, smoked or taken drugs.  But in October of 1996, her baby was born 4 months too soon. She weighed only 1 pound and 1 ounce and was 111/2 inches long.  This is a bag of rice that is a duplicate of how much the baby weighed and it’s length.  The family was told not to name her b/c she wouldn’t live.  But with the funding for certain kind of lung therapy that Kim helped raise, her baby, Samantha lived. Can you imagine the amount of other lives that this organization has helped save.  What better reason to go and volunteer for the March of Dimes today, b/c you never know…. It could be your child  who needs help one day." At that point, do the thanks for their time thing and call for questions.