Homework due Friday April 19 at noon.

Question 1:

  • One of the problems with non-verbal language is that it is difficult to interpret. You are giving a presentation to your associates at work (or classmates in class) and you observe the following non-verbal behavior in your audience members.
    • One associate/student is writing the entire time you are talking.
    • One associate/student is smiling although you are talking about a serious issue.
    • One associate/student has his/her eyes closed.
  • Discuss three possible interpretations of each non-verbal behavior and analyze how each interpretation would influence the speaker’s evaluation of audience feedback/change.

Question 2:

Persuasive Communication.  Please respond to the following:

You want to persuade your manager that it would be advantageous for you to work out of your home, one day a week.

  • Discuss at least two logical and two emotional appeals you could use to frame your case.
  • Which do you believe would be more successful, the logical or emotional appeal? Why?
  • Describe how these arguments might be presented differently if you were planning to discuss this issue face-to-face with your manager versus writing a proposal that you will leave on his or her desk.