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Hall of Shame
The "Hall of Shame" documents incidents in
which key communication principles were violated. The purpose of this
page is two-fold: 1) To provide examples of what to avoid. 2) To instruct
students about key communication principles that are critical for any
communicatorís long-term success. The focus is on the incident, not
the student(s). For that reason, I have not included any names.
We all make mistakes and we can all learn from those miscalculations.
- One group, turned in a written project that
contained the following "arguments":
- "We didnít use many models mainly because they were applicable to
- "A presentation is a confidence game, as long as the speaker speaks
loud and bombastically, without letting go of their position then
they're in a terrific position."
- "In our defense, we are relatively new to giving presentations, and
have not mastered the method of affluent speech."
What principles did they violate?
- A group was making a presentation during class and one of their
members was not present. The first speaker briefly and effectively
explained that the member could not attend the presentation for
personal reasons. During the middle of the presentation the missing
member showed up. The entire class watched as he slammed down his
backpack, ambled to the front of the room and took "his place" on
the stage with other group members. He never said a word during the
presentation. He never explained the situation to the professor or
class. How did this student compromise the effectiveness of
- In the Interviewing class, students
routinely discussed each other's strengths and areas of improvement
during performance appraisal exercises. One
student quickly dismissed an improvement idea by saying "I already knew that
and I can't change it." What opportunity did this student
- One group, part of a class of 80 students, had extensive training on the SMCR model and proper channel selection.
They chose to turn in their final group paper (30 + pages) by e-mailing
an attachment to the professor. What principle did they violate?
- One group was given a case involving communication
problems at a paper mill. One recommendation involved transmitting daily
briefings over a public address speaker system. What principle did they
- One student repeatedly fell asleep during a discussion
class despite the professorís private warning. What principle did he