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Public Speaking Swagger

CWiC Advisor Arielle Pardes shares some thoughts about their Speaking Center at WIC (Walk-in hours start at the end of September.):Pardes

Imagine strutting into your next presentation with the confidence of President Obama, cuing a PowerPoint so seamless that each slide harmonized the words you said, while you delivered a speech so powerful that your classmates literally perspired with awe. This is exactly what we do in CWiC: we give you public speaking swagger.

Communication Within the Curriculum (affectionately known as CWiC) is the single best public speaking resource at Penn. Managed by a team of student advisors like myself, we offer student-to-student advising services to polish and perfect your public speaking. Whether you’re presenting your latest research or speaking informally for a crowd, we can help you say what you need to say—with style.

cwicSo how does it work? CWiC operates on three different levels:

1. Affiliate courses. CWiC pairs up with specific courses (find the full list here) that include public speaking standards. Typically, the coursework will culminate with a final presentation, and an assigned CWiC advisor will work with you and your classmates on the organization, visuals, and speaking components of the presentation.

2. Workshops. Whether or not you’re enrolled in an affiliate course, you can still skyrocket your speaking potential with our workshops. We offer workshops on topics like handling nervousness and using effective visual support.

3. Speaking Center. For help with any speech—like honing a thesis presentation or rehearsing a keynote address—you can drop by our Speaking Center, located in Weigle Information Commons. Our team of talented advisors is available to work with whatever you need through our free (yes, free!) advising services.

For all of your speaking needs this school year, CWiC has you covered. With our help, you’ll not only learn to speak with clarity and poise—you’ll learn to speak with swagger.

To get started or learn more information about CWiC, feel free to send an email to cwic@sas.upenn.edu or visit our website.

Penn DH Forum: Measuring Well-Being Using Social Media

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A typical “female” word cloud. Image courtesy of the World Well-Being Project.

A couple of us from WIC recently attended a Digital Humanities Forum event called “Measuring Well-Being Using Social Media,” showcasing a joint project between the Department of Computer and Information Science and the Penn Positive Psychology Center.  As part of the World Well-Being Project at Penn, researchers Lyle Ungar and Andy Schwartz are using “differential language analysis” on massive amounts of data from social media sources, such as Facebook and Twitter, in order to gauge peoples’ emotions at the time they post a status update or Tweet.  The project used a Facebook app called myPersonality to track users’ status updates.  The researchers then created data clouds that show word frequencies and gender correlations with word usage.

Word clouds were grouped by the “Big Five” personality traits, which have been studied and documented in personality tests:  Extraversion, Agreeableness, Contentiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness (see the World Well-Being site for further explanations); these were further categorized by gender and age group.  The researchers found that college-aged students (ages 19-22), for example, used words and phrases such as “semester,” “campus” and “in_the_library,” versus the post-college group (ages 23-29), who used phrases like “at_work,” “new_job,” “library” (we’re glad the post-college folks are still referencing the library!).  The discussion became very animated as everyone tried to analyze their own age group and gender based on the word clouds! Continue reading Penn DH Forum: Measuring Well-Being Using Social Media