This class was tough.
Whether we're talking in a small meeting or presenting in front of an audience, we all have to speak in public from time to time. Even if someone does not need to make regular presentations in front of a group, there are many situations where good public speaking skills can help you advance your career and create opportunities. This course helped me to plan and practice a speech before presenting to my audience. It also helped me think of my audience and my way of delivering my speech. It made my cautious of my tone and made me also think of who I am speaking to. I would need to sound fair and my credibility would need to be established in order for my audience engaged and listening.
The highlight of this course, for me, was overcoming my fear of speaking in front of my peers. Often times it is more intimidating because you know them and care about their opinions on you. I learned that it is important to practice and read through what you are saying before presenting anything. Secondly, eye-contact is everything because it keeps an audience engaged. I also learned that you must incorporate into your planning who you are speaking to. The main goal is to not make your audience feel uncomfortable. Of course everyone has their own opinions and most likely will about a specific topic but it is important to stick to the goal of what you are trying to say but delivering it in a professional manner.
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My advice to other students for this course would be to practice in front of family and friends at home before having to give the actual speech. Family and friends are the ones who know you the best and will be honest in giving you advice for the benefit of you and what you are trying to present. Also, writing a speech takes time. An audience can tell if you are well-knowledgable in the topic you are presenting. It is obvious if a speaker does not know what he/she is talking about. Practicing in the mirror helped me because I got to witness my facial expressions when I talk and it helped me to look up off of my paper more.