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COMM 241 Public Speaking

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    A Few Big Assignments

    Great Discussions

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    Aug 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it covers the various types of public speaking and communication very well. It helps the students become comfortable with organizing and presenting their research in a variety of formats and under different time constraints. We also practiced giving impromptu speeches on a couple occasions. I found that those helped me with my other presentations because I knew I would be calmer and better prepared when I had time to research and practice my speech.

    Course highlights:

    One of my favorite parts of this course was the professor allowing us to pick a topic at the beginning of the semester and carrying that through the all of our presentations. It was very interesting to see how people presented each topic and I found the presentations where people enjoyed their topic much more interesting than presentations (typically from other classes) where topics where randomly assigned. This created an atmosphere where students were excited to share their research with the other members of the class, as well as helping all of us maintain interest in our own topics.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    In this class, showing up, doing the reading, completing the homework, and being prepared are the most important things. Being present in class helped tie together any loose ends we might have had from the reading or homework, as well as helped prepare us better for each presentation. Making sure you prepare for each assignment beforehand is also important. As we each got better and more comfortable presenting, it became easier to see who hadn't spent much time preparing their presentation. Put in the work and the results will quickly follow.

    • Spring 2015
    • Solveig Pedersen
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Requires Lots of Research Great Discussions
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    Jun 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is a great learning experience to learn to talk in front of people!

    Course highlights:

    It takes practice to learn to speak effectively to a group of people!

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read Dale Carnegies Quick and Easy guide to effective speaking as an addendum.

    • Fall 2014
    • Michelle Scaman
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Jan 10, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it helped me to step out of my comfort zone and exceed the boundaries that I thought that I had. I am an extremely shy person and in order to pass the class you have to be able to give speeches. I had to get over my fear of public speaking and it really helped to boost my confidence.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to better give a speech in front of a small group of people and I also learned different ways to control my hands while not be awkward.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    It might be difficult at first but once you learn to step outside of your comfort zone the course becomes fairly easy.

    • Spring 2014
    • professor
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Requires Presentations


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