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Comfort with Formal Communication Daniel Nelson Comfort with Formal Communication Professor Carmen L. Burns BUSN 368 – Business Communications November 22, 2015
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Comfort with Formal Communication My most memorable public speaking assignment took place in 2002. When I was in high school I entered into a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship contest. The speech had to be on the impact that Dr. King had on the past and the present. The winner of the speech won a $2,000 scholarship towards college. I had about 2 months to prepare for the speech and I took full advantage. I spent an hour a day writing my speech (until I finished it), and I spent an hour a day rehearsing the speech. It was important to spend so much time and preparation on it because we were going to be judged by how much eye contact we have with the audience. To make a long story short, It didn’t matter how long I practiced, or how well I thought I memorized my speech, but when I got in front of that audience I froze up like a deer in head lights. I started sweating,
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Unformatted text preview: stuttering, and I barely looked up from my note cards. I basically stood there and read my whole speech. I tried my best to memorize everything but getting up there by myself made me so uncomfortable that I forgot everything. I lost the contest and then realized that solo public speaking was not for me. If it was a group presentation I would have had no problems, but having all of that focus directed towards me scared me. When preparing to communicate verbally it’s still important to prepare as if it is written communication. When revising a written document, you want to check for the content, organization, style and readability to make sure that it all flows well together and most importantly that it makes sense. When it’s time to present a speech that you revised thoroughly, you will be better prepared for your presentation. Comfort with Formal CommunicaTon Business Communications for Success p. 256-259...
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