Video for interpersonal comm: EVT

This 2-minute video from ‘Seinfeld’ is a nice example of Judee Burgoon’s Expectancy Violation Theory. Aaron, the “close talker,” violates expectations about how close to stand while engaged in casual conversation. EVT explains that often these types of quirks become predictable and are seen as “normal” behaviors for different individuals so that the behavior would be missed if absent.

This clip is currently available for free at YouTube although it is not set to be embedded. There are other brief clips through the episode that would also be effective.


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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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