Making a successful public presentation or speech to an audience was a very big task for me before I joined the public speaking class. I was always frightened and very nervous. Since then I now understand the process of making a speech or a presentation including coming up with a topic and from this topic develop the main points of the speech, research, organize my points, revise them, edit and make a magnificent presentation to any audience. People in the audience might sometimes agree or disagree with my opinion or points, it was therefore necessary to communicate my information clearly to the audience without making any judgments since every person was entitled to a different opinion and views about things. I have also learned about different types of audiences and speeches including persuasive, informative, entertaining and delivering special occasion speeches. It came to my attention that whenever I was making these presentations or speeches, I needed to do so with confidence, consistence and practice before the actual presentation and completely eliminate the element of panic. It was also clear that capturing the attention of the audience and engaging them in the whole process, it was necessary to have a very strong introduction and also try and use visuals to deliver the message. It was therefore vital to respect each person’s diversity and cultural values (Lucas, 2011). The class helped me learn how to overcome fear of public speaking which was brought about by anxiety and fear which was mainly contributed by lack of exposure. During this class I learned many ways of overcoming this menace, the class groups that served as the audience helped in practicing and getting over the anxiety and fear I also got positive critic... ... middle of paper ... ... information from different sources to support my speeches a have been equipped with vast experience in research. My mind has been opened to a wide range of diversity as a result of being a listener to many different types of speeches from classmates some of which touched on culture during our presentation practices in class. From various practices we carried out I was taught how to use my voice appropriately in delivering my message, how to organize my thoughts logically and how to develop confidence on stage. In conclusion when delivering a public speech it was vital to leave time for questions and answers. This helped to know if the message was clearly understood by the audience and would be remembered. This section also empowered me to handle questions and answers section since some questions asked by audience were challenging and needed critical thinking.
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Words are dangerous, words travel into the very heart of a person and change how they look at the world. When presenting to a group of people, using normal conversational words will not be enough. In history there has been many great speeches; two great ones were given by John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. President Kennedy's Inaugural Address and Mr. King's “I Have a Dream” have multiple similarities and differences. The similarities are a passion for what they say, how they address a problem they face, and how they use figurative language. A difference is the reasoning for delivering their speeches.
Lucas devotes a section of chapter one to talking about the history of public speaking stating that every culture has some word equivalent of the word speaker. Lucas then goes on to tell the similarities and differences between public speaking and conversation. Stephan Lucas then goes on to explains in this chapter that nervousness and stage fright are among the leading causes for the fear of public speaking. But he then assures us that nervousness is normal, and a welcomed part of speech giving. Lucas proves his point by saying, “If you feel nervous about giving a speech, you are in very good company. Some of the greatest public speakers in history have suffered from stage fright, including Abraham Lincoln, Margaret Sanger, and Winston Churchill” (Lucas, 2012 pg. 9). Lucas says that you should not run from your nervousness, but instead try to turn it into a positive nervousness. Lucas then goes on to give six ways to turn the negative nervousness into positive nervousness. They are acquiring speaking experience, preparation, positive thinking, visualization, realizing you’re nervousness isn’t visible and not expecting perfection. Now that Lucas has touched on the history, fears, and possible rewards of public
Over the course of the semester I realized I’m very far from a perfect public speaker but I can aspire to become one. With the feedback I have received over the semester and from evaluating my strengths and weaknesses while looking at my delivery, content, and overall assessment, I can become a better public speaker and a better speaker overall. You words are valuable in the world of academia and even more valuable when you know what you’re doing with them.
When compared to written words, spoken words have had a greater impact on ones’ life throughout history. In some moments of your life, someone said something to you that affected you so much that it even changed your feelings, your way of thinking and your actions. Therefore, it is essential for us to learn the lesson of public speaking, which not only help you better express yourself in words with other people, but also help you be a better listener to other people when they are giving a speech. Here I want to share with you three things that I have learned in public speaking class: how to write a good speech, how to deliver a good speech and how to be a good listener.
After reviewing my speeches back to back, I realized that my public speaking skills have evolved dramatically. While I would like to have changes to my projects if I had the ability to time travel, but overall I am more than satisfied with my progression in public speaking. My level of listenability is still not flawless, but with some more practice and time I am confident that I could become a decent public speaker. Whether I will do anything as a public speaker is yet to be determined, but I do know that I walked into this class with the simple expectation to acquire my honor credits, but was fortunate enough to part with experience that will be applied to the rest of both my academic and occupational careers.
Many of the students that enroll in post-secondary education will be required to face one of the greatest fears known to man – having to stand before an audience and deliver a prepared speech. This dreaded action is courtesy of the requirement of a public speaking course in numerous degree paths. The majority of students will enroll in a public speaking course just to “check the box”, and have no intention of ever really utilizing the skills that they will be taught. There exists a minority of students who recognize the importance of effective public speaking, and desire to move past the basics and become effective orators. How can these students be aided? A full semester advanced public speaking course could be designed to mature both the
I believe that, if I feel nervous in the future, I will not be afraid of this emotion like what I did before. This course provided me knowledge on how to make me relax. Little by little, I have gained the confidence of combating the fear of public speaking in this course. All these precious experience will continue benefiting me in the future. Thus, I am proud to say that I have fullfilled the course objectives and enhanced my public speaking
The influential power behind words is often forgotten or misused, but when put together in a harmonious way; one’s words have the power to change the world. Anywhere from ancient Roman times to modern day America, public speaking has been an art form many have mastered and used for persuasive purposes. The most successful and effective of speeches often times have clear indications of the speaker’s motivation, approach, and purpose. These themes are very blatantly portrayed in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, as well as the famous speech of the great Martin Luther King Jr.
My public speaking class has already enhanced my knowledge and my ability to give speeches greatly. I know that with time and experience in public speaking, I will become a more skilled and professional public speaker. I will be sharing my first thoughts about my public speaking class, my strengths and weaknesses as a speaker, the speech I am most proud of so far, the speech that was the most difficult so far, and areas I know I need to improve on in order to be a skilled public speaker. Although I have had previous engagements with public speaking in high and middle school, none can be compared to the nervousness I felt about speaking in college level classes.
Public speaking goes beyond giving an oral presentation before a bunch of people who are listening to you. A good public speaker is one who can successfully deliver a speech to the intended audience, drive the message home and even get positive feedback from an audience. Through observing the required styles, one can state that their speech was effective and impactful. A good public speaker seeks to move the audience into action, gives the right facial expressing based on the occasion and makes required pauses to place emphasis on his/her speech. Being an active public speaker requires one to possess various qualities that are essential to the speaker and to the audience at hand. One can be able to judge whether a speaker is
1. For this Civic Engagement Speech Analysis, I will analyze my experience at the “Battling Speech Anxiety with the 3 Ps: Preparation, Practice, Performance.” The purpose of this speech is to demonstrate three practical ways to help people overcome their fear of public speaking. It was delivered to the audience by extemporaneous style. The workshop occurred in a classroom setting. There were snacks and drinks provided for everyone. The audience and the speakers were all college students. It was not a formal presentation where we should be quite the whole time. It was more relaxed; everybody had a chance to raise their voice to participate for better results. One activity of the workshop is to present an outline
In public speaking I learned many types of concepts, theories and terms of communication. In concepts of publicly speaking there’s, relaxation, practice, credibility, attention getters, attire, organization, volume, emotion, audience relation, and movement. In my first speech, “The any old bag speech” I quickly learned the do’s, don’ts and concepts of my speech performance.
Some of these include noting whether the speaker could or could not successfully provide credible evidence for their claims, maintain eye contact with the audience, and adapt the speech and delivery appropriately for the audience. These are just very few of the many aspects that are meticulously taken into consideration during the process of grading an oral presentation. Since the concept of grading a speech has been explained, it is now appropriate to grade a
Over these last few months I never thought I would grow this much as a speaker, with my nerves, confidence, and content. Things like nonverbal communication like solid eye contact, appearance, and gestures are all important necessities that I had learned prior to this class, but I learned material like the seven parts of the communication process, for example encoding and decoding, are often thought about before a presentation. Taking this Oral Communications class will be professionally rewarding in my future as a Business Marketing, Management major. I believe this class has put me in the right path to fulfill leadership positions because of my confidence to speak in front of an
Before coming United States, I spent around 18 years going to school in China. I can say, in China, we do not or at least seldom do public speaking. What we do is mostly sitting down as listeners and hearing others do their presentation. In short, we, normal Chinese students, do not have the opportunity to give a speech. However, I guess I am one of the lucky people. I was selected as the compere for many big events. Even I was not giving an entire speech, I still had the chance of standing in front of many audience. So I think I will discuss this in this paper.