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HCOM 102 public speaking

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    Dec 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Public Speaking is an important class to take, especially if your major includes a lot of speeches or teaching. Before the class, I didn't really know how to properly prepare myself for big speeches. Though after learning some techniques, I've become a better speaker.

    Course highlights:

    Like I mentioned, before taking the class, I didn't know how to properly prepare myself for speeches. I would often get anxiety in front of crowds and second guess myself during the actual speech. Though, after learning some techniques, I managed to get over some of it and get through my speeches. The class doesn't have a heavy atmosphere and the professor is always there to help you when you need it.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The biggest advice I have is for students to actually go and talk to the professor. Professor Hayes' stresses on the point for students to come and talk to her about their speeches, what they can improve on and how to better prepare themselves for the next speech. I also recommend reading the text book she assigns you (it helps with her teaching and your speech assignments).

    • Fall 2016
    • Javette Hayes
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Requires Presentations
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    Sep 24, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If you really want to get out of your shell by throwing yourself into a public speaking course then this one is for you! My professor was so chill and understanding and she really helped all of us get comfortable and well prepared to give speeches. I really appreciate her jokes and her patience. She is really encouraging and critiques really well and she's super nice. She made the class really fun and I learned so much about preparing for a good and well organized and dynamic speech.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight was the first speech which was the introduction speech. It was only 1-2 minutes long and simple. I was glad to get that over with haha

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Really really practice your speeches out loud to yourself or to a friend. You really need to get used to the idea of practicing instead of winging it because you can really tell if a person is pulling stuff from their butt or not. This course requires you to make preparation note cards as credit so that helps in pushing people to prepare if they normally wouldn't.

    • Fall 2015
    • Javette Hayes
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Requires Presentations
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    Jun 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Definitely take this course if you have a passion for public speaking. This is the advanced course, so be prepared to give more well-prepared, in-depth speeches compared to the 100-level course. Professor Selnick is a wonderful professor, and clearly knows her course's content well, but be warned that putting in the minimum effort won't get you too far. Professor Selnick is an extremely helpful and approachable person if you're struggling in her class, but she does have higher expectations of her students, and rightfully so, given that this is an advanced course.

    Course highlights:

    After taking Professor Selnick's class, I felt I was far better prepared for public speaking than if I had taken only the basic course. Professor Selnick prepares you for nearly every form of public speaking used on a day-to-day basis, including improvisation and informal speech, and encourages you to deviate from the formulaic speech style used in the basic course, and develop your own speaking style. If you think you don't have a speaking voice, Professor Selnick will help you find it.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Generally, be prepared for each of the six speeches given throughout the course. Dress appropriately, and be sure to practice! I can't emphasize the last point enough; I have seen speeches with so much potential fall flat because the speaker didn't rehearse their speech. This is a smaller class, so don't worry - if you think your audience is judging you, that is definitely not the case. There are twenty-five students just like you sitting before you, and they're just as nervous to present as you are. So stay calm, practice, remember to breathe, pace yourself, and you'll do fine.

    • Fall 2015
    • Shari Selnick
    • Yes
    • A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts Requires Presentations

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