Dr. Grau's Speech Page

Dr. Grau's Speech Page

This page is for the students of Dr. Grau's College speech courses

I will post announcements, alerts to events, links to articles or videos, and other information related to our speech classes. This is also a place for you, as a student, to post similar items for your teacher and classmates.

Operating as usual

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away 11/13/2019

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.

The 8 Best Fact-Checking Sites for Finding Unbiased Truth 11/05/2019

In this age of fake news and extreme/partisan websites, it is important that we pay attention and always fact check the information we're given -- ESPECIALLY when it's sensationalized.

The 8 Best Fact-Checking Sites for Finding Unbiased Truth This is the age of misinformation and fake news. Here are the best unbiased fact-checking sites so that you can find the truth.


As we near the beginning of the fall semester, time to put our critical thinking caps back on!



A funny -- and accurate -- line.

Never a bad time to relive this iconic moment.

Recommendation letters - Chris Blattman 12/27/2018

As we move into the spring semester and those who might be graduating start thinking about your future, you might also be thinking about getting letters of recommendation from your professors. Here is some good advice on what you need to do/think about from Professor Chris Blattman at the University of Chicago: https://chrisblattman.com/letters/

Recommendation letters - Chris Blattman Will I write you a letter of recommendation? Writing student recommendations comes with the faculty job, and I usually write if asked. But since this academic territory is often so unfamiliar to grad and undergrad students, I thought it helpful … Continue reading →

Timeline photos 12/11/2018

Please don't be this kind of student. The time to worry about your grade is when the assignment is due.

A Citizen's Guide to Fake News | Center for Information Technology and Society - UC Santa Barbara 09/10/2018

In this era of "fake news," this is an important resource to keep handy.

A Citizen's Guide to Fake News | Center for Information Technology and Society - UC Santa Barbara Published August 29, 2018 Why Should I Care About Fake News? Fake news has been a serious issue in American and international society lately. It’s a major problem in politics, media (both digital and traditional), national security, and it affects our view of the world and our discussions with oth...

Interview with Robert DeChaine, Ph.D. - Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Communication Studies - Cal State LA 06/29/2018

If you've ever thought about graduate school, here is some good advice about what to expect and, more importantly, what most programs look for in a potential graduate student applicant.

Interview with Robert DeChaine, Ph.D. - Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Communication Studies - Cal State LA Dr. DeChaine is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where he manages student recruitment and advising, oversees curriculum development, and teaches courses in rhetorical studies, human rights, and social movement "...


Analysis | The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students

This is why Communication Studies is so important.

washingtonpost.com The top traits of success at Google sound more like what one gains as an English or theater major than as a programmer.


Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

npr.org Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.


A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you give a talk

blog.ed.ted.com The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space and for our speaker coaches to give last advice to...



For the new semester. Good luck, all!

advising.wfu.edu 1. Attend class 2. Get to know their professors 3. Communicate well & respectfully 4. Communicate face to face (not just by email) 5. Are willing to ask for help 6.


Meet Ben Simon, recovering unsold food for the needy — MSNBC

Something to think about for OC?

tv.msnbc.com Host Melissa Harris-Perry's "Foot Soldier" this week is a college student whose program recovers unsold food from college dining halls to donate to neighborhood food banks and shelters.


Happy New Year! Hope your next year and semester are wonderful!


Happy 2013! Hope your next year and semester are wonderful!


Just wanted to remind you that you have until this evening to (re)take your quizzes -- don't forget! Tomorrow will be too late. Happy quizzing!


Speech 101 Prank FINAL

Something fun to destress while you're putting final touches on your last speech. Enjoy! :-)

The final speech and reveal of my speech 101 prank series.


Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. | Video on TED.com

An appropriate reminder to always be present to the wonders of the world around us in gratitude.

ted.com TED Talks Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. (Filmed at


Let's Talk About S*x

Several of you are doing speeches on teen pregnancy and STIs and s*x education. Just finished watching a documentary about just this issue called Let's Talk About S*x, which is now streaming on Netflix, if you have it. However, the website for the film has great links to resources on statistics for both the U.S. and Europe. You might want to check it out and follow those links (the film is NOT a source for your speech, but the links would be). Go to Fast Facts for the links: http://letstalkabouts*xthefilm.com/fastfacts.html

letstalkabouts*xthefilm.com Check out Let's Talk About S*x. This film offers an innovative and empowering new vision for shifting our culture's approach to young people and s*xual health: www.letstalkabouts*xthefilm.com


The Su***de Plan – FRONTLINE

Several of you did speeches or are planning on doing speeches on euthanasia/assisted su***de. Tonight's episode of Frontline on PBS is just on this topic. You might want to watch or set your DVRs, or watch it online later. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/su***de-plan/

pbs.org FRONTLINE explores the underground world of assisted su***de.


And the Award Goes To…

I thought I would share a blog post my sister-in-law wrote regarding awards and recognition, that could easily translate to the issue of grading. Let me know what you think. http://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/and-the-award-goes-to/

thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com The kids and I are almost done with the second quarter of our home schooling year. With only four weeks to go, the holidays are coming up fast and a break is in sight. At the end of every quarter, ...


Another reminder that your speeches begin on Monday/Tuesday. If you'd like me to look at a rough draft of your outline, please get it to me as soon as possible so I can comment and get it back to you with time for you to revise and practice. Email is the best way to get it to me. Thanks!


Stephanie Cabello, you left your OC binder in the library. I have it. ~Dr. Grau


Wanted to remind folk that NEXT WEEK we will be meeting in the library, 2nd floor, Rm. 204 Bib. Lab, all week. Thanks!


Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do | Video on TED.com

Just watched a great TED talk on memorizing. It relates in many ways to our class. Check it out and see if it might help you with you next speech. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/joshua_foer_feats_of_memory_anyone_can_do.html

ted.com TED Talks There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique -- called the memory palace -- and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use i...


Students Think They Can Multitask. Here's Proof They Can't | Faculty Focus

For those who might still be looking for a speech topic, here's food for thought: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/multitasking-confronting-students-with-the-facts/?utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2012.09.26+-+Faculty+Focus+Update

facultyfocus.com Students are convinced that multitasking is a great way to work. Yet research says that only about 5% of us multitask effectively.

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