Name: Dorri Jones
Major(s), Minor(s): English Major, Creative Writing and Music minors
Astrological sign: Scorpio!
What was your most memorable speaking experience?
2. How do you usually go about planning an oral presentation?
I write down everything I think is important and then I trim that down to figure out what I really want and need to say. Once I have my thoughts in order, I practice just enough to know what I’m saying but not enough that it’s totally rehearsed and memorized. I like to leave myself some wiggle room for ad libbing to keep it interesting.
5. What types of speaking assignments have you had here at Wittenberg?
I need to learn to slow down my thoughts when I speak. I don’t necessarily rush through the presentation, but I often mess up my words because my mind is moving too fast to keep up with, and I wind up having to pause and reiterate what I was trying to say.
7. What advice do you have for students about participating in class discussions?
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg students who are facing an oral assignment?
Practice. Seriously. Unless you’re extremely gifted, everyone can tell when you don’t practice beforehand. It makes your life so much easier to just run through it a few times to get the flow in your head.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the OCC?
I’m an excitable person who gets really interested in learning new things, so it makes me happy to have a consultation with someone who’s passionate and excited about what they’re presenting.
Also, I enjoy tea, bare feet, and the space heater.
10. What’s the best part about working in the OCC?
If you read #9, you can probably guess this. I love learning! Teach me about your stand against women in advertising or the regulations on wolf hunting in the Grand Canyon. I love it! I also really enjoy seeing someone’s presentation at varying stages. It’s fun to brainstorm with someone one night and see their finished speech a week later. It’s such a cool thing to be a part of that process!