Speaking Center Post

For my second speaking center visit, I intended on delivering my speech and debriefing it, but since we did not end up presenting on Tuesday before, I was given extra time to prepare it. I gave my speech to my speaking center coach and realized that I felt uncomfortable with the google slides presentation I had prepared. I also found myself not having being as confident as I would have liked to be while delivering my speech. In order to fix both of those issues, my coach had me repeatedly rehearse my speech. To gain more confidence, I just had to practice several times to be comfortable with my information that I was sharing. With knowing all of my information for my speech, all I had to do was improve the delivery. My coach also helped me figure out how to make my transitions and incorporation of slides smoother and less awkward. Once we got past finding smooth transitions, I was ready for my speech, thanks to my coach Chloe Jones!

Speaking Center Post 1

On Monday, I had my first appointment in the speaking center with my coach, Monique Miranda. I had nothing prepared for my speech except interview questions from my did, which I planned on making the main topic of my speech. I went to the Speaking Center for some form of guidance with my speech since I was completely unsure of what I wanted to do yet. So first with my coach, we took the most important, or interesting, points of the interview with my dad. From there we outlined and organized the points in order and found two articles from our class, “Using and Citing Evidence to Construct and Support Arguments” By Joseph Zompetti and “Understanding Data Visualization” By Krista Schnell. With those two articles, I related the ideas from the interview. My coach also encouraged me to make my google slides presentation as a visual aid for my speech. I was hesitant at first because I was not sure how I could smoothly incorporate a visual aid into my project, but ultimately we figured it out. This was an overall enriching meeting and really helped me with my speech.


Project 2 Write-Out Post

Good afternoon, I am Devyn Nguyen and I am a business major, so I decided to analyze the application of evidence in the business world. Evidence is an integral part of business, which I learned from my dad. My dad is actually in business himself, which inspired me in selecting my major. With my dad as a business owner, I was able to interview him as an outside source to understand how evidence works in his own workplace.

First on the following slide, I will begin to explain a bit of my dad’s background, his name is Kenny Nguyen and he is a part owner of 2 businesses, one being a small gym.After being a part of the business world for many years, he has acquired experience in obtaining information and evidence.

For example, on the next slide i show how my dad explained to me that he gains information internally and externally, doing so by himself at first, then with a team. He also expressed the importance of calculating decisions based on research, or due diligence, which are precautionary steps taken before making a big business decision.

On the next slide, I will Relate to the texts we have read for our class. An example is “Using and Citing Evidence to Construct and Support Arguments,” by Joseph Zompetti, my dad also has similar tactics regarding viable evidence. Zompetti discussed the power in utilizing statistics in portraying information as it aids the audience in “visualizing an abstract concept.” When interviewing my dad, he shared an identical view as he explained that “numbers don’t lie.” Numbers and stats can be very convincing in making the audience understand the reality of the situation being presented to them. An example to illustrate this idea of applying numbers is one Zompetti provides, saying either: 80% of all Ugandan children are conscripted into the Ugandan army versus “many children” are apart of the Ugandan army. By using a statistic, or a percentage, the information being presented has a stronger impact on the audience. Naturally, numbers have are extremely effective in convincing an audience.
(explain that the man is Joseph zompetti in pic)

On the next slide, I present Another text, “Data Visualization” by Krista Schnell which is also relatable to my dad’s interview. In Schnell’s text, her and her colleague explain that “data alone is meaningless.” In order for data to be understood in more depth, a speaker should illustrate their message to their audience.(IN THE SLIDE THERE IS A BUNCH OF DATA IN WORDS VS A. GRAPH DEPICTING THE INFORMATION THATS EASIER TO COMPREHEND). Also for another example my dad discussed the importance in creating presentations to market or promote a product. Another example of data visualization are apps such as Microsoft Excel. Any other business major has experienced this example first hand, as we use this in real-life with our very own Business Statistics class! In this math class we are required to use Microsoft excel with our lessons.  
Anyways, Since we are in a bicycling class, I have one last point to make on the next slide, regarding my dad collecting information and evidence for his business! My dad considered different variables when choosing stationary bikes for his gym with his partners to find bikes with a modern and unique workout experience. After talking to clients, gaining information through questions, he decided to go with bikes that felt like real bikes to mimic bicycling outdoors.

In conclusion, There are many different ways to apply evidence techniques to the real-world in a variety of situations. I found that these 2 articles related most to what my dad had explained to me through his own experience in working in business. After exploring these applications of evidence and information, I have learned that these techniques are transferable and applicable to many real-life situations. so Thank you!

Project 2 Organization Post

Evidence & Business!

My dad (outside source): a figure in business that I look up to and inspired me to pick business as my major

  1. How do you know when to seek information/evidence?
    1. Seeks info internally and externally
    2. Calculates data on research (due diligence)
    3. Personal experience
  2. How do you evaluate your information?
    1. Asks strategic members of a team for insight
  3. How do you integrate it into your own analysis and share it?
    1. “numbers do not lie”, in that in any analysis there is a science to business patterns and predictability
    2. Data could be interpreted into reports for employees, presentations to share with customers, and or to make decisions amongst owners.
  4. In any business there are certain skills that are required; these are all transferable
    1. Vision
    2. Passion
    3. Planning Skills
    4. Finance
    5. People Skills
    6. Open to Learning
  5. How did you decide on the bike machines in the gym?
    1. focus on equipment that was advanced technology and create a modern and unique workout experience. We also felt that exercise and “working out” has become really boring with the current generation of health conscientious people. So we purchased bikes that felt like real road bikes, sturdy and mimic outdoor feel at the same time give a indoor experience. The bikes have multiple settings, can be used with cycling shoes computerized.


“Using and Citing Evidence to Construct and Support Arguments” By Joseph Zompetti

  • Talks statistics and efficacy of utilizing them

“Understanding Data Visualization” By Krista Schnell

  • Data alone is meaningless
  • Must illustrate info for audience to comprehend
  • My dad must build or watch presentations that market a produce
  • In business microsoft excel is important


Evidence is used in many ways in business to market products. Many skills are transferable.