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COMS 105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Honors

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    Anderson, stevenson, Arnett, Diane Sionko, Michael Leach, McAfee
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    Requires Presentations

    Great Intro to the Subject

    Lots of Writing

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    Mar 30, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It was incredibly fun, and I also learned a lot about public speaking, which is incredibly important in the professional world.

    Course highlights:

    There was a proper mix of theory and practical application -- after having a couple lectures, we also applied what we learned by presenting speeches. For me, the most important thing I took away was how to speak clearly and get my point across in a presentation effectively.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I believe the textbook can be found for cheaper online. In addition, have your speeches very well prepared and practice your timing -- I had the most trouble making sure my speeches weren't too under the time limit.

    • Summer 2016
    • McAfee
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Requires Presentations
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    Jan 22, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Michael Leach isn't just a professor, he is a life coach that teaches you how to be confident in yourself and what you are saying, become a powerful speaker, and impact peoples lives with your words. He is more than a teacher, he is a mentor. A tad bit scary at times, but sometimes you need a little scare tactic to get you in the right place.

    Course highlights:

    I gained the confidence to be myself and pursue my dreams of becoming an actor because of this class. The lip singing battles are definitely the highlight of this class. You get to choose any song that you want, it does not have to significance, and you literally battle it out in front of the class while your song is blasting through the speakers in the room. Also, while you are collaborating with your partner (he makes everyone change seats every time you come to class) on the speech you were assigned, he plays music. Essentially, I learned how to effectively write and perform speeches while communicating with classmates.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Have some personal stories prepared that you are passionate about and don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself because he has epic lip singing battles that the whole class is a part of that counts for a huge amount of participation points.

    • Fall 2014
    • Michael Leach
    • Participation Counts Requires Lots of Research Requires Presentations
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    Oct 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course because it is a great skill in both professional settings and personal development. The course teaches effective techniques in communicating an idea or cause. Having to take public speaking, in my personal experience, it helps build confidence and allowed me to practice organizational skills that affected my other studies in a postive way.

    Course highlights:

    I learned to organize my thoughts, think on my feet, and the different approaches to hook the audience. We've learned the use of ethos, pathos, and logos to create substance and reason for purpose of speech. We also learned effective means of physical communication. At the end of the course, I realized how strong of an impression good communication skills can last on the audience. After one of my speeches on effective horror story telling, I was confronted by peer members of my class who were also filmmakers to help decide on the direction of their short film.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    When I was taking this course, I made sure to also take similar courses at the same time. When taking this course, I was also taking cinema appreciation, theatre, and English 101, along with a couple other courses. Because of that, I completed my semester with a 4.0 with most of my studies coorelating each other. Also, public speaking is the number one fear. People fear speaking publicly more so than death. I want every student to know it is a natural fear experienced by most if not all. Even the most successful public speakers and celebrities share the same fear. Because the fear is a powerful adrenaline rush, I recommend to use that fear to your advantage to channel it into excitement. Don't shy away, be exciting. My heart pounds and everything around me feels fast, but letting my nerves out with high energy creates a more memorable and engaging performance. Sometimes it gets embarassing, but a lot of other times, with preparation and knowledge of your speech, it creates a stronger connection to the audience. Lastly, I also recommend to not memorize your speech. There's a difference between KNOWING you speech and memorizing. When people mistake to memorize, they focus too much on recollection the words and often shift back to their notes. Their performance then tends to read very monotone. It helps to know the general idea of your speech through highlights of your hook, main points, response and conclusion. It helps to have an organized conversation with a strong understanding of your topic, purpose, and audience.

    • Fall 2016
    • Diane Sionko
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Requires Lots of Research Requires Presentations

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