Professional Communications

Mr. Vincens - Room C213, Lehman HS


In bold are key ideas and vocab you need to know.

The test consists of 50 questions and you will also write a speech.

15 True or False

10 Definition Matching

25 Multiple Choice

A skeleton outline is given for you to complete a speech about your 'pet peeves'. You may prepare this ahead of time, but you will need to re-write it in the space given.

Audience Members

· Supportive vs. Opposed

Job Interview Etiquette

Formal vs. Informal Language

· Audience: principal or friends

· Definitions

· Slang, Jargon, Colloquialisms

Stage Fright

· Phobias

· Symptoms

Speech Organization

· Script vs Outline

· Full sentences vs bullet points

Active vs. Passive Listening

· Hearing

· Listening

Communication Barriers

Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication

· Differences between the two

· How to improve non-verbal communication

Résumé & Cover Letter

· Purpose, format

Email Etiquette

· Define

Speech Outline Format

Write a short speech

Helpful Quizlet link:

Professional Etiquette Tips

Utah Valley University posted to their website an excellent guide of how to behave in a professional setting.

Click here to view the Professional Etiquette Tips

Find a Scholarship! &

Both of those websites contain information and links to thousands of scholarships! They can be found by a number of different criteria including by high school class/grade.

How To Find Local Companies In Your Desired Career

Start by going to is one of the premier websites for job seekers. Sites like & can be helpful, but I prefer Indeed.

Search for the type of job you hope to find. Companies with jobs in those fields will likely have openings. This will help you find specific companies in the Kyle/Buda/Austin/San Marcos area.

Once you have the name of a company, you can go to their website and try to find people who work there whom you could contact. Alternatively, most websites will have a generic "Contact Us" page where you could introduce yourself and ask if there is anyone available to talk to.

Résumé Assignment

Done With Soft Skills??

If you have finished your Soft Skills certification, the following are some links and search suggestions to get you started on the next unit.


'how to format a business letter'
'how to write a cover letter'
'skills based resume'
'resumes for high school students'

Soft Skills Certification


Our last 'project' for the 3rd Nine Weeks is to complete the Soft Skills Certification on

Your login for this website is your email address. First name, last initial, last 3 digits of your student ID

Your initial password will be your student ID. You may change your password if you so desire.

There are four course modules in the Soft Skills Certification. You are required to pass all four modules with an 80% to earn the certification.

This should be an EASY major grade of 100 for everyone to help boost your class grade.

This should be completed before 3/11.

Mr. V

CAREER SPEECH! (added 2/23)


The career I chose to inform my classmates about is…___________________

Total Points: 100

Time Limit: 4-5 minutes

Outline? Yes _____ No _____ (5 points)


Good use of attention getter 0 1 2 3 4 5

Memorable creative conclusion 0 1 2 3 4 5

CAREER INFORMATION—40 points Possible

Salary – average, high end, low end 0 1 2 3 4 5

Education or specialized training 0 1 2 3 4 5

General job description 0 1 2 3 4 5

Day to day job description 0 1 2 3 4 5

Employment outlook 0 1 2 3 4 5

Working conditions 0 1 2 3 4 5

Pros & cons 0 1 2 3 4 5

Reasons speaker is suited for career 0 1 2 3 4 5

VISUAL AID—15 points

Succinct relevant text 0 1 2 3 4 5

Relevant quotation from worker in career 0 1 2 3 4 5

Provides appropriate pictures 0 1 2 3 4 5

DELIVERY—25 points

Eye contact 0 1 2 3 4 5

Gestures/movements 0 1 2 3 4 5

Voice volume & pace 0 1 2 3 4 5

Posture 0 1 2 3 4 5

Handling and appropriateness of note cards/outline/visual aides 0 1 2 3 4 5

TIME LIMIT—5 points (Time penalty: 1 point deducted

every 30 seconds over or under limit). 0 1 2 3 4 5

• TOTAL ____________/ 100 POINTS


CAREER SPEECH ASSIGNMENT - Presentations Start 2/29

Career Speech

Topic: You will prepare and present a speech that informs the audience about a career field and specific job(s) that interest you.

DUE: Presentations begin 2/29.

Directions: You will select a career field that you are interested in pursuing. Your speech will include information about the career, relevant examples of people in that career, why you choose to pursue that career, and how you will endeavor to make that career your own. Your speech will include a presentation (Google Slides, PowerPoint or Prezi) and will be completed in outline format. You are required to do the research for this speech.

Time: 4-6 minutes in length. Points will be deducted for presentations under and over the limit.

Topics required in your presentation:

1. The career field and specific jobs within that career field.

2. What do people in this career do on a day to day basis. Detail!

3. Why is this career interesting to you? What qualities do you possess that make this an ideal career for you?

4. Why should other students pursue your chosen career>

5. What are typical salaries/wages? High end? Low end? Median?

6. Any specific training required? Specialized education?

7. How do people enter the career? Internships? Hang a shingle? Connections?

8. Notable people in this career and/or people you know? How did they inspire you to enter this career?

9. Employment Outlook?

Visual Aid: This round of speeches requires a visual presentation. The presentation can be completed using PowerPoint, Prezi, or Google Slides. The presentation should be in your own words and use quotations sparingly. When used, quotations should be cited to their original sources.

Grading: Rubric available on the Smore.

Miscellania: PRACTICE! PRACTICE!! All of our speeches would be greatly improved with practice. Practice will help control nerves, solidify word choice, check the length, and improve overall deliver.

Demonstration Speech Assignment

Demonstration or ‘How To’ Speech

Course: Professional Communications

Teacher: Mr. Vincens


The general purpose of the demonstration speech is to inform. Therefore, it is necessary for you to design your speech so that your audience is motivated to listen. In addition to getting your audience’s attention for this speech, you will also need to create a reason for them to listen and fully satisfy that need once you have created it.

A process speech shows an audience how to do something. Basically, as an audience member we should be able to generally follow the steps you tell us and have at least a strong idea of how to repeat it on our own. You should select as your topic something you know how to do well. You will want to select a topic that is detailed enough to fill the time limit, but not so complex that your audience gets lost or loses interest.

Specific requirements for the presentation are as follows:

  • Speech should be 3 to 7 minutes long.
  • You will be allowed to use your outline or note cards. Your speech may not be written out, and the note cards should contain an outline only.

  • Your speech should be well organized (probably chronologically). It should have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Ideas should be grouped in three to five main points and be clear to your audience.
  • When appropriate, you may use a meaningful visual aide to assist your audience in understanding your process.
  • Focus your speech to create audience interest and involvement. Select a topic which reflects something unique about your interests or abilities. Pick something you know how to do well.
  • Attempt to be creative in some way whether it is how you design your visual aid, or the approach you take to your topic. Sometimes thinking of ways to "have fun" with your topic stimulates creative thoughts.
  • Prepare a typed outline of your speech using the format required.


Topic Due:__February 2nd, 2016

Outline Due:___February 5th, 2016

Presentations Begin:___February 8th, 2016

Writing An Effective Hook

Introduction Speech Assignment

Introduction Speech Assignment


This assignment is to give your audience an understanding of who you are. The speech is to be 3 to 5 minutes in length.


1. Bring an item to share with the class that represents you and explain in detail how that item represents who you are. You may use a model or image if the item is too large to bring to class, however, please only bring/show items that are safe for a school environment. Do not explain what the object is, we care about what the object reveals about you!

2. Tell us about a time/event/decision that changed your life in a positive way. You should explain the time/event/decision and how it impacted your life.

3. Tell us the story of a moment in your life when you knew you were “your best self.” It could be a time when you experience a personal triumph or a time when you exhibited all the best attributes a human can have. This speech is typically told as one long story, and the audience should know much more about you at the end.


· Presentations will begin on Thursday January 21st. A sign-up sheet will be passed around during workdays this week.

· You should have a simple outline of ONE PAGE to help you present. You will turn in this outline before you present – so print two copies.

· Do not read your speech.

Objectives of the Assignment:

To keep your audience engaged. Use eye contact with your audience and use an attention getter in your opening.

To effectively use breathing and relaxation exercises to help control your public speaking apprehension.

To deliver the speech extemporaneously and with confidence. Remember to practice again and again and again.

Basic Class Information & Syllabus Link

Mr. Vincens Contact Information


Phone#: 512-268-8464 Ext 7770


Click Here to View the Syllabus

Remind Class Codes

1st Period: @procomm1s to 81010

6th Period: @procomm6t to 81010

8th Period: @procomm8t to 81010