I would consider my weaknesses public speaking and verbal/nonverbal communication, mainly when dealing with strangers. This has been a weaknesses every since I can became conscious of my one life. For some reason I can’t lose these weaknesses no matter how many presentations or speeches I give. I guess you could say I just have not given enough presentation or had enough experience, and that could be true. It is a little weird though, when I gave presentation or speeches for TSA or in any of my CTE classes I would be perfectly fine.
My interview actually went really well. I do like some things that I did for this interview but I also dislike some of the things I did and there are many changes I wish I had done now that the actual interview is now over. I found myself critiquing myself while listening to the recording and transcribing what I said. Overall, yes, I did get the main ideas of her opinions but I didn’t ask very good questions and I also made a couple rookie mistakes when doing this interview. I did the reading before the interview, and I read the interview material once more after the interview and I found myself not doing some of the things that the reading said to do.
Frankly speaking I was kicked off balance the first few seconds of my presentation and this is not unusual because public speaking and confidence comes with practices, which is what I did not do before the presentation. Based on the above three reasons, I will do the following corrections so as to improve in my next presentation. When next am in front of an audience, I will speak louder and reconfirm from them if they were Ok with my voice and volume. Speaking louder for people to hear you comes with knowing what you are talking about and having confidence to take up any matter. During next presentation, I have to reduce my body movement.
I thought that was my greatest strength and I came to realize that it was not and I need to work on it more and more. I would have to say that my transitions were not my greatest weakness. When writing a paper I struggle with them, but during a speech it is different. I think that my speeches flowed nicely together. I need to work on my organization and transitions.
I really thought I was going to master any English classed without paying extra attention and efforts on it, but that is not true at all. Actually, the scores of first couple two assignments I did were not bad. However, I didn’t tell anybody how strugglin... ... middle of paper ... ...would research it with my mother language. After several blogs, I realized that I am getting better. Not just on my blog but all practices I did also effected on my daily life.
The biggest thing I struggled with was after I decided on what claim to write I had a hard time providing good examples for my thesis statement. On most of my papers I had trouble coming up with good strong ideas and saying them in a strong way. I felt that in most of my papers they were not as good as I intended them being. I thought that coming into this class I would struggle with my writing because last year was an adjustment for me. I knew I had to work hard on each of my papers because after one year prior with Mrs. Hughes I knew what she was expecting.
One of my major weakness is that I was not able to stay calm during my speeches. As Jennifer and many others have pointed out, my Persuasive and Informative (expository) speeches were not as clear as smooth as they should be. After receiving comments from everyone, I learn that was because I did not practice presenting out loud enough times, and therefore could not present my topics naturally. After learning about my shortcoming, I spent more times practicing my speech, and consequently, my Commemorative Speech was much better. Another flaw that I find when preparing for presentations was the lack of concentration on transitions.
CLAIM: Nonverbal communication is very powerful, especially with one 's eyes. I quickly realized that eye contact can make a huge difference in the overall presentation of a speech. However, my greatest challenge during the course of this class was the use of gestures. I often found myself unsure on what to do with my hands while delivering speeches. SUPPORT: Going into the CSUN speech day for coms 190, I was only going to go because I had to.
In the first interview I realized that I talked fast when responding so I slowed down my rate of speech. I never paid attention to my body posture during the first interview, so I slightly leaned forward to show that I was interested. While discussing a topic using your hands can be distracting, but sense I’m a hand talker it is hard to break that habit. I used my hands less in this interview, and I think with practice I will eliminate this overtime. At times I felt that I didn’t understand what she was saying although I was on the same page, so to show her that I understood I nodded my head.
Up until I had my first counseling session today, I would have said I usually do a good job of asking open-ended questions but during my first sessions, that was not something I did that well. I did ask a few open-ended questions but I could have done a much better job of it. I was pretty nervous. I believe staying with the here-and-now will help me to remember open-ended questions. But, now that the first solo session is out of the way, I believe I will be less nervous.