I have improved on my speaking with the public because of this class. It has helped me to stop and reflect about what I intend on saying instead of speaking everyday language to the customers. If I explain something to a customer, I explain it with a well-developed sentence instead of a short simple sentence that I usually speak.
English 1121 has made me realize that the audience has to be put into perspective while writing. In other writing classes in high school, I would write a paper for the purpose that I basically had too, never even thinking about an audience. I learned that with every paper I wrote I had either a different audience or a different goal. With an audience involved, I learned that I had to keep my word choice in mind. Being proper and always having a college level academic tone when writing was something that was very important.
In general—even prior to my communications class—I consider myself a skilled communicator and a friend that is more than willing to listen to someone’s struggles; however, I did not recognize how much psychology was behind the way we communicate. Prior to registering for the class I knew I had areas to improve upon such as body language, lack of self-disclosure, and attribution, all of which I created plans to therefore enhance, but I had no doubt in my capabilities to be empathetic, skillful at solving conflict, and confident while speaking in front of others. Throughout the class I realized that more often than my words,
Without this skill, school would be much more difficult because without communication skills, you will fail. Finally although i was never professionally an actor, I have learned that my discourse community has taught how to channel my emotions not only in my work and on the stage but in my writing. It has taught me how to use the vocabulary needed to express my ideas and feelings on paper. My discourse community has taught me so many lessons that I will use throughout life, I’m sure I would have no learned them
Throughout the term there has been many writing assignments —big or small— that helped reflect my writing process or the process itself. In the beginning of the course I felt like I was an “ok” writer, but lacked some skills such as: organization, sentence variety, and vocabulary. Also, I did not like to write and had a feeling of dislike when forced to write. I felt like I improved on everything I wanted and was seen throughout the semester. I know how to organize my ideas, the worksheets given in class to work on sentence variety really helped, and vocabulary was built on some level.
Although I feel that my speech had a strong structure, I do feel that my slides and I could have done more to make the presentation better. I think that I did not present enough information with slides or press the importance of the ones I did use enough. I also feel that I sped through my presentation too fast and should have tried harder to slow down so that my audience could follow along easier. I also had trouble with remembering what it is I needed to say once I stepped in front of the class, even after many practices rounds with my roommate and study group. This caused me to frequently look at my note cards, taking away from my eye contact and physical gestures.
Despite this, an educator is not exempted from building relationships with the people around him. As such, he must have to build strong rapport with his students, with his students’ parents, the school administrators, and his co-workers. This way, he becomes successful in his teaching career. An educator must also be able to shine the light of Christ to the people around him. When he makes Christ as the center of his teaching profession and with how he builds relationship with those he interacts on a daily basis, his ways will surely become prosperous and he will have good success.
To fill my baccalaureate requirement, I registered for Media Writing. For that same semester, I was put on a waitlist for American Sign Language course. As the summer progressed, I was still on the waitlist for a class. Through the chaos of seeing what was available, I signed up for another communication course, Mass Media and Society with Prof. Meredith. Mass Media and Society made me hesitant to take more classes in the field.
Standing there, talking confidently will let me give a really good impression to the clients and let them think that I am really professional and trustworthy. So that they would be more willing to work with me. 8. Looking over the syllabus for this semester, what speeches/assignments do you believe will help you the most to achieve the improvements you are seeking? In my point of view, I think I may good at Speech Four which is a Persuasive Speech.
I found out that I need to develop my writing skills more, improve the organization of my ideas and always pay attention to what is being ask in the problem. I wished that I gave more time practicing my speeches, I was not lazy nor slacking but I think I settled. I know I could have done better. However, I feel that I'm accomplished, I gained confidence in speaking in public. The speech class thought me how to be a listener, because if you ask me, I will rather go home after I spoke each meeting.