small habits impact identityfour peace destroying self talk patternstwo blocks B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

small habits impact identityfour peace destroying self talk patternstwo blocks B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

Final Presentation and Report will consist of a 4 to 5 minute “sticky” presentation and a 6 to 9 page written report. Your presentation and report will be the outcome of a discovery application, which involves you applying three class concepts to better understand one of the following: 1) a particular type of talk or speech act (such as complain, flirt, promise, or reprimand), 2) an identifiable communication situation (such as dinner talk, a sales call, a funeral, or a first date), 3) a named social identity that has expectations for certain types of communication (such as, mother, brother, salesperson, friend, or judge), or 4) specific instances of past communication that impact the way we think and act (such as an ongoing relationship, a series of advertisements, a public debate, popular songs, a conflict between friends). All three concepts will be applied to the same topic. Do not simply try to connect class concepts with obvious examples, such as using advertising techniques to explain a series of ads. The best projects go beyond the obvious. Gathering data for these applications may involve observations, interviews, or personal implementation of the principles or concepts. Your paper will need to explore connections between your speech act/situation/identity or particular example(s) and appropriate concepts from class. The ability to connect specific examples with general claims or findings will be important for this assignment. At its core, this paper should demonstrate that you have learned course concepts well enough that you can use them to bring insight into a communication event or practice.

The topic for your presentation/report needs to be approved by me. Send me an e-mail to confirm the topic. The report will be written in a study format, including an introduction identifying the topic to be studied and the three concepts to be applied to it and your reasoning behind these choices, along with a preview of what is in the paper, a short concept review section, a methods section explaining how you went about researching your applications, your findings, and a final conclusion, noting any implications for the future of what you found. A key to this assignment is to demonstrate a clear understanding of how concepts from class can be used to provide new understanding of communicative behavior. Always remember to include both general principles and specific examples in your discussion. Further information will be given as the semester goes along.

All written material for the report should be typed and double-spaced and will be due Dec. 10th. Presentations will be given by zoom on the 10th. Be sure to credit all your sources, including the names and phone numbers of any informants. Use APA style format for referencing your sources. Proofread. Appearance/delivery is always part of any presentation.

Some of the possible concepts for the final paper

Five characteristics of symbols

Four reasons symbols are powerful

Symbolic Interactionism (3 premises)

Imagined Interactions

Slanting (3 Types)

Denotative and Connotative meanings

Description / Inferences/ Evaluation (D.I.E) -three types of statements

Conversational Triplets and their impact on meaning

Implicatures through violation of the four maxims (Q, Q, R, M)

Speech Acts (Direct and Indirect)

Three ways to improve our lives through Speech Acts

Ladders of Abstraction (dangers and benefits or 2 questions to ask about high level abstractions)

Strategic Ambiguity (Impact of / 3 findings)

“Nexting” or “And”

Three types of “Face” and Face (premises)

Five options for Face related Speech Acts

Three contextual factors for how we decide which to use


Atomic language habits of identity

Social versus Discursive Context

‘Can I’ or ‘Must I’ (logics used when we face with new information)

Social accounting process (challenges, accounts, evaluation)

5 Characteristics of categories

Labels as a category and their impact on us

Logical errors (Halo effect, Anchoring effect, and Confirmation effect)

Growth versus Fixed Mindsets

Perception checks and/or contrasting statements

Power of questions

Power of “powerless” or “weak” communication

I versus you statements

Labels of Primary Potency

Power of gratitude

Systems versus goals and how small habits impact identity

Four peace destroying self talk patterns

Two blocks to Innovation (creativity)

Five ways to make intensional comments more extensional (versus “I’m a failure” thought)

Self-fulfilling prophecy

Six Story Types

Metaphors (Entailments, Hiding & Highlighting)

Characteristics of narratives

Story Functions

Gendered Speech (Gender as Culture being intercultural)

Eight gender difference in interaction style

Rapport versus report (Respect or Liking) – Status versus Connection

Political strategies

10 Effective Language tips

Sex/Gender based stereotypes

Sticky Messages


Advertising Games

10 Fallacies (informal) used to get “votes”

Response Styles and Active Listening

Bright Spots

Healing Words

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