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    Jun 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Fear of public speaking ranks right up there with fear of death, but Ms. Hickson turned that statistic around. Approachable, funny, organized, she set students at their ease, got everyone to pull for each other through proper listening ettiquette, and gave us the tools--useable, cohesive outlines, transitions, and feedback--to feel confident while giving a speech.

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    I really enjoyed how the class went from a roomful of strangers to a first name, wish-you-the-best basis. For me, learning which elements combine to make a good speach and how to deliver that speech in a professional manner set me up to succeed in other classes in which I needed to do a presentation. I came away more confident that when needed, I can deliver an interesting, organized speech in a given timeframe without feeling stressed or anxious. and more

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Arm yourself with a can-do attitude. I noticed that those who tried to maintain their comfort zone did not improve as much as those that were fully engaged in the process. Also, it was tempting to skip the class sessions when others were giving speeches, but I found that listening to other students' speeches helped me hone my own skill and assess what worked well and what didn't so I could take that into consideration when my turn came. The single biggest tip I could give other students taking a public speaking class is to practice your speech! Over practice it, if possible, making sure you can deliver it in the given timeframe without verbalized pauses or awkwardness, and ensuring that any visual aids are working well. That way when you are up in front of people, familiarity with your subject and outline can help pull you through.

    • Spring 2016
    • Nancy Hickson
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    • Participation Counts Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    Mar 17, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to students that are very shy or timid when it comes to speaking in front of an audience because this course will slowly build your public speaking confidence and efficiency

    Course highlights:

    The class speeches were the highlight of this course because your main focus is to improve your skills each speech.

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    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Practice makes for a good presentation especially if you are nervous speaking in front of people, try speaking to your parents or people your comfortable with first.

    • Winter 2016
    • David Kelsey
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments Group Projects Requires Presentations

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