For each topic each week you are to post your original reply and then reply to four other postings for each topic. Total possible points available is 30 per week. Points will be determined based on content and correctness; this is your chance to develop professional writing skills so habits commonly found in the texting environment are not allowed and if used, will result in points being deducted. The total number of posts required per week to get full points is 15. Three topics, 5 posts per topic.

Week 2

 

Topic One

 

Question: Do a web search and find a site that provides assistance with writing skills. This could be an Online Writing Lab, grammar checker, word selection help, proofreading tips. Evaluate the value of the information or services provided.

 

Come back to this forum and post the URL and your thoughts as to whether it is a worth while site or not and why.

 

Topic Two

Question: Winning over the audience is part of the communication planning process; if you have a skeptical audience what are some tactics you can use to win them over?

 

Topic Three

Question:Think of all the ‘communication’ that you receive on a daily basis; what catches your eye and what turns you off and why? This could be written communication, verbal, visual, or audio.

 

 

Read and Reply for classmates

Topic One:

1.The website I choose was a writing tool to help with professional formatting and grammar. The Purdue Owl website (https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html) is one of my favorite to use when I have questions about formating my work. It does a great job explaining the difference between APA and MLA formatting, but has many other tools to help with writing. The website has a large amount of tools including tips for the writing process, grammar and punctuation rules. I like this website most because it isn’t trying to sell you on any kind of membership, all the information is free and available to anyone who is trying to become a stronger writer. It also comes from a credible source that is constantly staying up to date with the latest changes to the different writing formats that we have to use in academic writing.

 

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2. Ever since middle school when I had to start adding citations to my book reports I have found BibMe to be on one the most valuable online websites to improve your bibliography and to credit your citations. In order to give credit to the authors who you may have drawn ideas from or directly quoted in your report, you must include a Bibliography. BibMe allows you to do this by choosing from a variety of styles such as APA, MLA, or Chicago by either directly importing the url from the website you may have found or from a physical book you have in front of you. In my experience this tool has worked 100% and would highly recommend it to you for your next online citation needs.

 

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3.The writing service I found is called “Paper Rater,” the URL is “www.paperrater.com.” One thing I appreciated about this service is that it did not require me to download it on to my computer in order to use it. There are many websites out there designed to pray on vulnerable and naive students, by getting them to download a shady file, often resulting in a virus. Students tend to be desperate for help with their writing, and can be taken advantage of for money, so you have to be very careful to look up reviews of services before downloading or paying money. While Paper Rater does offer a premium service with more capabilities, it can be used for free and without downloading, which is a good sign that it is a legitimate service. Another perk of this service is that it can be customized according to the education level of the student, so that a 10th grade paper is not being judged by graduate level standards, and vice versa. This is important because the kind of writing that is acceptable varies widely depending on how far along in school the student is. The service provides grammar and spell check, as well as a plagiarism check. This last one is particularly important because it is easy to forget that all information must be worded in an original way, so this service could prevent severe academic integrity consequences. The only drawbacks from this service that I can find are that it is ad-supported, which makes sense since it is a free service, and that there is a limit on how often you can use it per month. All in all, Paper Rater seems to be a worthwhile service, though I have not actually used it myself.

 

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4.Grammarly is downloaded on my family’s computer so I have some experience using it and I’ve always thought it was a useful product. The site provides services such as fixing grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes. The app functions 100% accurately when typing in English as far as I’ve seen but my mom has had issues with the app trying to wrongly correct her when she is typing in Greek. I believe that the site is worth it because people who struggle with grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. can use it and sound professional through email and other online communication. It’s also very helpful to foreigners such as my mom who’s first language is not English because in some languages sentences are worded differently than they are in English and Grammarly helps my mom with forming her sentences correctly when typing in English.

 

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Topic Two

1.Personally I am very skeptical of a lot of things people tell me. So when it comes to having some one convince me of something I require lots of detail, facts, statistics, etc…. However beyond that they need to appear confident in what they are talking about. If I listen to someone explain something and they go over it with supporting facts and details but their voice was shaky while talking and they didn’t make a whole of eye contact, then I’m gonna be wondering if they actually know what they are talking about. For me if someone has a skeptical audience the best way to win them over is facts and confidence.

 

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2. It think that if you have a skeptical audience the best ways to help win them over is by maintaining good eye contact, have fact to back up your research with examples that help them relate, and speaking with confidence. For me if someone is giving a presentation and is not confident in what they are saying they most likely did not work hard enough to prepare for their presentation. Another thing that is extremely important if you have a skeptical audience is to try to be prepared as possible. When you have a skeptical audience they tend to ask the most questions so if you can reassure them by answering the questions confidently and provide examples in your answers they will likely win them over. Overall I think that winning over a skeptical audience is extremely difficult because you have to have a lot of confidence and be prepared for all sorts of curveballs.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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3. The ability to communicate persuasively, ultimately leading in “winning over the audience” is a critical skill that can be very useful in the business world. To begin, I believe it is important that the speaker be well versed on whatever topic is at hand. This means doing plenty of research and coming to the meeting well prepared and informed. Being the most well informed, or most knowledgeable person in the room will give you credibility with your audience. Beyond just being knowledgeable about a given topic, it important that you understand your audience. Questions to ask yourself before the meeting might be; who is in my audience? what are the intercultural differences/similarities that exist? How familiar is my audience, with the given topic?. Taking consideration of these factors should ultimately help to guide your approach on delivering your message. Ultimately it is also important to take time after giving your speech or message to get feedback and to check in with your audience, to make sure they are understanding your message as you intended. Making sure that your message was not misinterpreted before ending the meeting gives you a chance to correct them before the meeting is done.

 

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4.If you are working with a skeptical audience, there are several tactics you can use while attempting to win them over… however, I believe that using the audience-centered- approach (which we read about last week) is crucial in this scenario. Your first and really only task is to simply read your audiences demographics. Once you identify who you are speaking to (their age, interests, beliefs, etc.) this can get a whole lot easier. It is all about adjusting your message so that it travels smoothly to the audience- keeping as much control as possible on how they perceive it. If you identified your audience accurately and appropriately, you should be able to win them over post adjusting your message. Also seek their engagement, encouraging participation can benefit you in this process!

 

Topic Three

1.Well what use to catch my eye on my phone, on the TV or in my internet browser were news headlines. I realize that the news is the best entertainment, it is tragic most times which is bad, but in terms of making you watch, it works. It makes a person click the story, I havnt watched news for 5 years and havnt watched commercials on purpose for 18 years, I purposefully turn them off. Commercials turn me off because they are marketed to you during the shows in which the advertisers think you can afford the product. For example, there are Mercedes commercials on while golf is playing and truck commercials while football is playing and kids’ cereal commercials while kids programming is on. This is condescending to people because they are saying to you in effect that because you watch golf, you don’t like Captain Crunch and big trucks.

 

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2. Which catch my eyes is the ‘communication’ that related to my hobby, which is video games. If I see any video or news about video games pops up on YouTube or Facebook. Most of the time, I will click on it. In general, I prefer a ‘communication’ in visual form than others. But not all the video or news about video games catch my eye. If I see a violent communication, I will skip it no matters how good it is because I don’t like violent. The least preferred form of communication of me is audio because my listening skill is not good, and some audios is speaking to fast, especially advertisement audio. So when I see an audio communication, I will skip it.

 

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3. Whatever catches my attention changes depending on circumstance. Usually audio is the best way to tear my attention away from something, but this is only applicable if I am able to hear said audio. Visual may or may not steal my attention, but it definitely won’t do anything if it is not in my field of vision (or if its too far away). Written is the most lifeless/impersonal form and for this reason I would consider it the form that most ‘turns me off’. Written communication is the form which i find to be the most at risk of poor/wrong interpretations, which is definitely a negative. As for verbal communication I slide 1/2 of that into audio (what they say/speak), and the other 1/2 into visual (facial expressions, aka non-verbal communication). Because of this I don’t really have an opinion on verbal communication.

 

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4. I think that the thing that catches my eye in a negative way these days is all of the articles with “clickbait” titles. Clickbait titles, for those who do not know, are links to articles with titles that are misleading to the actual content and message of the article. I also can not stand websites that are covered in intrusive advertisements and pop up videos, I understand the need to make revenue by using advertisements but the way that the majority of these sites do it is intrusive and annoying. I also dislike loud audio advertisements that use screaming or sirens, often times these seem to increase in volume from what you were actually listening to and can be quite startling and a bit dangerous, especially if you are driving.

 

I would say that the things that catch my eye positively would be colors and color schemes and things that are not over-complicated and clear. That being said things that are unique and different often catch my eye as well. There is a fine line between catchy/creative and campy/condescending.

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