Introduction to Public Speaking

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December 2nd, 2001

Introduction to Public Speaking Class

When I signed up to take this class, I was very excited but I did not know that we would have to stand before an audience and do live speeches. When I did find this out, I became very nervous but looked forward to the upcoming challenge.

In this class I have learned how to put a speech together to include the outline. I have also learned that when giving a speech, there are rules for giving clear instructions and also when presenting your speech, be prepared to adapt to your audience and different situations. It's also important to know the differences between informative and persuasive speeches. Basically it is very vital to know the "do's and don'ts" about public speaking as a whole. I know now that there are many ways to control communication apprehension as well. I feel that now I can stand comfortably in front of an audience to speak and not be the least bit nervous at all.

I can honestly say that this was a great and rewarding class. I would recommend this class to anyone. My personal opinion is that if anyone is contemplating about taking this class, "Go for it!". There is a vast amount of valuable information that you can pick up on especially if you are planning to do any public speaking in the future.

Dr. Madison you have been a great instructor. Thank you for the direction and I appreciate all that you have taught me.


Chris Harris
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