When I discussed the chapter on Listening earlier this semester with my Public Speaking students, I decided to do something different- let them develop the code of conduct for listening during speeches, along with appropriate consequences. The students devised the “10 Commandments for Listening” in the PowerPoint below. Of course there are consequences for breaking the commandments and I allowed the students to develop those as well. One student wanted “eternal damnation” as the consequence for breaking a commandment, but the group decided on the following instead:
- 1st offense: You are first to speak during the next set of speeches
- 2nd offense: In addition to the first consequence, you recieve 2-3 points off your speech
What are your thoughts on the groups “10 Commandments for Listening.” Anything you would add?
And yes, they have stuck to these all semester. There haven’t been any complaints from violaters either.