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Engage your Audience

Have you ever sat in a class and listened to a speech that had you on the edge of your seat the entire time? What made that speech so interesting? What did the speaker do that kept my attention? One

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Mentors begin first day in the lab!

Mentors report to CALL today and even though most of them met at our recent retreat, it will still be great to see them all connect and form one cohesive group.  This year we have 15 new mentors joining our

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Smiling your way through a successful presentation

It’s TED  Tuesday New College – Smile! Our speech of the week is “The Hidden Power of Smiling,” presented by Ron Gutman.  While the topic is inspiring, the way in which he delivers it provides valuable learning lessons in personal

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Scientists unite! (behind a lanugage we all understand)

Imagine that you have made the greatest scientific discovery ever… and then imagine having to talk about it to a large group of people. Making the discovery is one thing, but then to actually have to tell the world about

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Peer mentors prepare to end poor public speaking

CALL peer mentors from the communication lab have been busy preparing for another semester dedicated to helping students become more effective public speakers. Recently, CALL became one of only eight communication labs to be a nationally certified mentoring program as

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Changing the world is a big job. Ted Tuesday (on Wednesday!)

Today’s speech is by Nancy Duarte entitled “The secret structure of great talks.”  Duarte touches on two important points for public speakers- 1) Ideas can change the world and 2) She has discovered a specific structure for communicating great ideas. 

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Can you hear me now?

Today’s TED Tuesday Speech is by Julian Treasure, called 5 ways to listen better.  Listening and considering the “listener” is key to effective public speech. Treasure points out in his speech that we live in our own “sound bubble,” creating

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Teamwork – A sticky situation

  Today’s Marshmallow Challenge Ted Speech is all about the power of productive teamwork. Many students in New College are working through group assignments as a final class projects.  Generally, group assignments receive much resistance from students because “group projects”

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Body Language

A week after the first presidential debate, the media is still buzzing about how each candidate performed.  Much of what is being discussed is not what was said, but rather, how it was said in the form of nonverbal communication. 

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Work Life Balance

Today’s  Ted Tuesday speech is by Nigel Marsh called How to make work-life balance work .  Marsh does an excellent presentation that balances credibility (ethos), an easy to follow story (logos), and humor (pathos) while delivering a lesson in balancing 

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