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COMM 122 Public Speaking

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    Staff, NanetteWier, Rebecah Sarver, nancy jennings
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    Aug 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Nanette Wier was a wonderful professor, not only does she teach you amazing skills on how to succeed in public speaking, but she also sympathizes with the fact most people hate speaking in public. She does exercises, which can seem silly, that help show you we all have our own strengths in speaking and tips on how to improve.

    Course highlights:

    We had to do three different type of speeches, so not only did she show us how to and how not to write each kind of speech. But also she gave us little methods on how to get our emotions controllable for our speeches. She had us practice with a partner the same script just different emotions of the words on the paper to show us our side of emotions we hold. Also to get our persuasive and passionate side out she had us list things that bothered us and hit a pillow with a soft homemade bat, so that we wouldn't feel embarrassed on speech day to get animated during our speech so that it was not bland.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always stay on top of your speech draft dates, so you don't have to make up a speech the night before and feel unprepared. You have to realize that most people in that class with you have somewhat a fear of speaking in public as well. Whether it be the fear of messing up or the anxiety of what others are thinking of you everyone is dealing with someone in this class, so don't feel alone get a buddy to be able to glance to when you are speaking so you feel more comfortable knowing not everyone is a stranger.

    • Fall 2016
    • NanetteWier
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    Mar 28, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This professor taught well amd took the time to know each and every student. My class especially liked her and because we all got along and worked hard and were respectful she treated us to pizza. After class we were all invited to go eat together and she would join us. Very incredible kind of student-teacher relationship.

    Course highlights:

    We learned how to outline a speech depending on what kind of speech we were giving. We were also encouraged to go out of our comfort zone and try different generas of speeches, such as humor. Homework was minimum aside from the outlines and working on our speeches, which was fantastic because it gave us time to truley focus on the task at hand, speaking.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely try to get Professor Jennings. A professor makes or breaks a class and you will succeed with her. Also make sure to be thorough on your outlines because it makes practicing the speech and writing note cards easier.

    • Fall 2016
    • nancy jennings
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    Dec 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class was terrifying for me at first but Nanette made it easy. Public Speaking has never been my strong suit. I get very nervous speaking in front of others. In this class you ill have a series of different speeches. This course focused on building public speaking skills that you can use in any career field you chose.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was definitely the professor, Nanette Wier. I learned the basics of public speaking, the different style of speeches and what they entail. You also learn and practice public speaking etiquette which is important to know as a speaker, and a listener.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice to other students is to keep and open mind and challenge yourself with this course. it may be scary at first but you will get through it and feel more confident in your ability to speak in front of others. The best advice I can give in regards to nailing your speeches it to practice. Whether it's in front of the mirror, in front of your dog or in front of a study partner, it makes a huge difference.

    • Spring 2015
    • NanetteWier
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions


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