Presenting information in a clear, concise manner, while keeping the audience interested, is one of the more common speaking situations you may face in a professional setting. Often, while you may be the resident “expert” on a topic, you will find that in order to effectively inform a group on a particular subject you may need to do a significant amount of research to support your claims. In other instances, you may be asked to perform research on a topic that you are unfamiliar with and to present to a group the information that you have gathered. In either case, this is called speaking to inform. At other times, you may have to persuade others to believe your point of view or accept your solution to a problem. This is called speaking to persuade.
Assignment: Prepare an informative or persuasive speech utilizing the speech pattern of your choice. Parameters: Speech must be related to workplace communication, relevant to this audience and approved by the instructor. Brainstorm and/or look in your text for ideas.
Some general topic ideas include (you are not limited to these):
* Virtual team communication
* Developing cross-cultural communication skills
* Managing conflict in the workplace
* Conducting employee performance appraisals
* Developing a high performance team through effective communication * Organizational communication – communication flow in the workplace * Using effective communication to facilitate change management * Communicating within a project or work team
* Resolving crises in the workplace through communication * Effective meeting communication
* Employee coaching or mentoring
* Communicating shared values in the workplace
* Fostering employee motivation
* Privacy rights and electronic communication
* Patient care and privacy issues
* Handling difficult patients
* Listening and patient care