Ling’s feedback:

  • First, thank you very much for your appreciation and comments. I am so glad that you think our presentation interesting and clear. In fact, I think one of the advantages of our topic is that we must present by making gestures. Besides, I originally worried that our PPT might be wordy, but it seems that you accepted this PPT arrangement. Thank you for showing me that kind of arrangement is ok for audiences, and it will be helpful for me to make PPT in the future.

  • Secondly, we discussed about how to make the topic more interesting, and we thought we should focus on both width and depth. That’s why we divided our context into two parts. In the first part we focused on depth, so we discussed two gestures and their variations and origins. In the 2nd part (which I was in charge of) we focused on width, and I felt like to show you as more gestures as I could. However, owing to the time limitations, I could only choose 7 gestures to show. Thank you for suggesting us go deeper into the points. It’s kind of hard to meet both depth and width, but I’ll try harder to understand and meet the preferences of our audiences the next time.

  • Finally, thank you again for listening to our presentation and encouraging us. If any of you feel like to know more about this topic or need the references, welcome to ask for any information or PPT from us.

Virginia's feedback:

I'm so glad that you like our presentation! I agree with Ling that one of the advantage of our topic is we have to pose many gestures which make our presentation more interesting. As for the depth of the gesture, I have searched lots of information on the wedsites but I still can't find the origin of some gestures, for example why ok gesture in German is insulting but in Taiwan means good. Time limitation is also a reason why we can not introduce details to you. As for introducing some gestures used in Taiwan, the reason why I chose ok gesture and V gesture is because these gestures are very common in Taiwan.
I learned a lot from this report and your presentations, hope to have another opportunity to present to you. We will do better and share deeper informations to you! Thanks for your listening again :)

The followings are comments from the classmates & me. To present their comments precisely, I do not change any of their wordings. Please take the comments positively. J

Read the comments carefully. Some comments are contradictory; you should think about those comments more carefully to figure out the reasons. After reading the comments, write down your feedback to the audience.

In terms of ways of delivery:
1. Well-prepared and smooth.
2. The gestures you used are very easy to understand.
3. Suitable gestures make the speech more vivid.
4. It’s very good that they show many gestures by themselves.
5. Atmosphere is easy.
6. Speak very clearly.

In terms of visual aids:
7. Good PPT.

In terms of the content:
8. Useful message.
9. Interesting & attractive topic.
10. Organized well.
11. Very good explanation on the gesture.
12. Handled Q& A part well.
13. You can go deeper on one of the point mentioned in your content.
14. The point can be clearer.
15. Maybe you could introduce some gestures used in Taiwan.

Proposal Outline

I. Definition of “Culture”
Culture is an integrated pattern of human knowledge and behavior that are influenced by social environment.

II. Topic
How gestures vary in different cultures.

a. Rationale
Gesture is one of the most important communication tools except for language. However, one gesture has different meanings in different culture, which sometimes cause misunderstandings in communication.

b. Preview
we will first briefly explain some general gestures (like V gesture) with different cross-culture meanings, and analyze the reasons of some unique gestures developed in special social backgrounds

c. Significance
Nowadays we have lots of chances to travel abroad and meet people from different cultures. Knowing different interpretations of a gesture, we will not be confused by gestures or recklessly offend foreigners when communicating with them.