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Exercise

  1. Imagine that you have an entry-level job in the kind of firm you have always wanted to work for, doing what you have been educated and trained to do. You get in your mail a memo from your immediate superior asking you to present a twenty-minute talk to high school seniors during their Career Week activities about what you do and why it is important. Following are some of the specifics:

    1. You will be speaking to a class of twenty-five honor students, all of whom will be going off to college in the fall.

    2. A major purpose of the Career Week activities is to give students an idea of what people in the working world do, so that students' choices of majors in college might be made easier.

    3. The company you work for is thinking of offering several scholarships to promising high school seniors to cover most of their college expenses. The company sees this undertaking not only as a civic duty but also as a means of encouraging the development of better employees for the future.

    Plan your presentation by writing out a thorough rhetorical analysis: consider purpose, audience, context, and ethical stance. Then decide what you are going to say, in how much detail, and what kinds of aids you will need to support your presentation. A descriptive outline of your presentation should be the result of your work.

Assignment

  1. Present a fifteen-minute talk to your classmates on research that you either have worked on or are presently working on. Before giving the talk, prepare an outline of the presentation, including samples of the visual aids you plan to use in the presentation. Provide a statement for each visual aid that explains why the aid is necessary. You will submit your outline to the members of a review committee that your instructor has formed a week before your presentation. The committee will return your outline to you with any suggestions for change forty-eight hours before your presentation.


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