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Speech Observations Public communication is the process by which a group of individuals are identified as the receivers or listeners and a single individual is identified to provide the primary source of conversation Todays Government training classes are somewhat typical of this scenario Though the instructors pull information from the students to ensure class participation the primary flow of information is directed rather than having open discussions I am currently attending a class which has various instructors covering topics of their individual expertise Two of these instructors display traits at opposite ends of the communication spectrum One quite effective in maintaining classroom attention and participation while the other is forced to take numerous breaks in the lecture to allow students to wake up and refocus on the lesson The first instructor Scott was obviously quite comfortable and well versed in the material he was presenting He utilized viewgraphs for the initial introduction to the material and when possible made an analogy of the topic and related the information to his personal and professional experiences of over thirty years in the field This gave the students the opportunity to hear the information in various ways and possibly help the understanding of how it might relate to their individual roles as they pertain to their jobs His demeanor was affable and he seemed genuinely concerned that the class not only understood the topic in preparation for the exam but also would be able to utilize the information in real time situations As students related the information to their experiences and attempted to make analogies of their own he gave full attention to the student He then reiterated the information for the rest of the class ensuring they understood how the students analogy was pertinent to the topic Once he felt the class had a thorough understanding of the issue he made a point to thank the student for the input This directed attention to the student
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