August 29, 2012
a) Course goal: To help you act more strategically about communication choices
b) Disconnection between Goal and Message –
i. Failed Marriage Proposal; why the disconnect?
c) Two parts to this class –
i. Part 1: Lectures – Learning principles
ii. Part 2: Recitations – Practicing principles
d) Assignment Review –
i. Midterm and Final = 100 points
ii. 4 speeches = 200 points
iii. Written assignments
iv. 800 points total
2. Message Goal: Connection
i. Impacting each other’s’ attitudes, values and behaviors by message exchange.
b) Purpose –
i. To use messages to accomplish personal, group, or social goals. I want you to learn,
ii. To grow your relationships with people you care about.
3. Card Talk
a) Talk cards:
i. A set of messages associated with a role. Each time we communicate we play a role in
the situation => friend, roommate, spouse, mom, etc.
ii. We switch back and forth between the cards we are capable of playing. iii. Each card message play consists of –
1) Content or topics: Subject matter of the message
3) It’s the whole message package consisting of both verbal and nonverbal
b) Talk Games:
i. The goal the message seeks to accomplish.
ii. Examples: Flirt, teach, pray, decide, coordinate, entertain
iii. Sometimes you don’t know what game people are playing.
c) Card Decks:
i. Set of cards available to play a game.
ii. Personal deck: Friends and Family
iii. Professional deck: Work-related games
d) Card Hand:
i. Cards we have in