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A Few Big Assignments
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this course to everyone simply because it is relevant to all career paths. As uncomfortable as public speaking is to some, it is a necessary discipline. This class creates an environment where compliments and constructive criticism flow in conjunction to create clear and confident public speakers.
The highlights of this course were the various practice presentations that we had to do. This helped us to put into practice the different types of presentations we may have to give in the future. These presentations included a speech for promoting a product or location, a speech for explaining how something works, and a professional speech detailing an issue in our future careers and how we can solve it. It was challenging and nerve-wrecking, but exceedingly useful. I learned how to engage my audience and how to modify my nonverbal communication to coincide with my verbals. I also learned how to read the audience in order to determine whether or not they are receiving my message in the way that I intend. Overall, this class was very helpful in teaching me how to get past my nerves so that I can present clearly and confidently.
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Advice for students:
In order to succeed in this course, you have to be humble and diligent. It's not fun to hear all the things you did wrong in a speech, but it is important that you take the constructive criticism and use it to your benefit in the future. If you follow the advice and tips given by your peers and instructor, and if you take the time to carefully prepare and practice your speeches ahead of time, then you will do fine in this class. It takes more effort to fail than to succeed in public speaking.