Visiting the Bike Coalition


Module 1: Arrangement Post

On September 12th, we as a class visited the Executive Director Brian Wiedenmeier of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on Market Street. This was an interesting trip itself, as we biked through a route called the “wiggle.” Which is essentially an extremely flat route between Market Street and Golden Gate Park. Despite the constant renovations and constructions on the wiggle path, this route is perfect for avoiding the steep San Francisco hills. Once at the office, we sat down in a board room with the Executive Director. He gave a backstory on his journey through the bicycle coalition, and how they came to be today. We ourselves also had the opportunity to ask question directly to Brian the Executive. We asked simple questions about their latest projects, how they promote awareness, how to establish credibility with an audience and so on. Brian’s experience was quite informative and insightful; possibly influential enough to benefit our upcoming speeches.

For my upcoming speech I choose to talk about Simon Richardson, a former competitive cyclists. A gist of my speech was I found him as a credible source due to his knowledge around bicycles. After retirement from his cycling career, he became a host for the Global Cycling Network. In this particular video segment I wrote about, he gives several reason “How To Think Yourself Faster.” With scientific validation he was able to prove that racing isn’t only about your physique, but that it is also mind over body.

1st Impression of the Panhandle


Module 1: Explanation of Sources Post

Who would of thought we’d go by the Panhandle as much as we do? My first impression of the park was that I thought it was eye catching and pleasing too look at as most of the surrounding area was covered in brick or concrete. I also thought it was quite peculiar to have an island of tall forest trees in between high speed traffic and residential areas. It even included a playground, several basketball courts, and park benches. As I visit this park more and more, this section of the city is quite the highway for all types of people; weather it is my car, or bike everyone seems to go by this park.

This was also the location where we did our first presentations on credibility.  We contemplated on a speaker’s intelligence, virtue, good will, believably, presumed credibility, reputed credibility, etc; and how all this accumulatively would create a credible presentation. On this day, w got into groups and watched a short 10 minute video whether their person was considered a bias or credible source. From this presentation experience, we were able to differentiate the two.

Specifically for my credible project, I choose a topic I could relate to easily. From my perceptive I choose another cyclist such as Simon Richardson. Most of the examples he gave out in his video segment, I was able to agree due to the fact that I’ve experienced it myself. For example, to maintain a high cadence, don’t think about how tired you are, but how you’ll keep going hard. Simon mindset was very similar to mine, and was the reason why I choose him for my project.




Inspirational TEDx Talk

Module 1: Credibility Write-Out Post

Will Stephen’s TEDx Talk

This post may seem irrelevant or outdated, but the information isn’t. What I’ve witnessed and learned from Will Stephen’s TEDx talk is that you can sound intellectual in front of an audience without any preparation whatsoever. You may not have any facts or statistics to back up your presentation, however what Will showed was interesting. through constant gestures and voice articulation, he was able to sway his audience. Talking in a humorous fashion he easily broke the tension between the audience and the speaker. Within seconds he instantly has the audience captivation in his grasp, and with the change of his tone it would sound as if he was building up his statements. Just the way Will presented gave off the impression he knew what he was taking about. He would point out random facts, numbers, and charts, and it all still seemed as if everything would tie together. Confronting the audience with confidence was Will’s key to his successful speech. Will’s TEDx talk inspires others that pretending to know everything is the same as knowing everything, it’s the way you portray your presentation is how you sound convincing.

Relating back to my presentation, this video portrayed a great point on how I should present my speech. No matter the stumble you make on stage play along with it, as no one will realize it unless you make it obvious. What I’ve prepared to say was a gist of Simon Richardson, how he is credible, and some examples that prove his credible-ness.