What is public speaking, and how should one go about practicing it? Public speaking is a term for formal speeches given in front of an audience. I used to consider public speaking to be a simple, informal chat with my audiences. After completing Comm 20, though, I realized that I was incorrect. nThrough the use of learning objectives for this course, I’ve come to realize that public speaking is a life skill.
Rhetoric, the art of persuasion through speaking, is one of the oldest and most important fields of study. Rhetorical theory can be applied to any form of communication, including public speaking.
I have also come to realize that public speaking is not just about sharing information with your audience. It is also about persuasion. In other words, public speaking is about convincing your audience to see things from your point of view. In order to do this effectively, you need to be able to understand and analyze your audience.
One of the most important things I have learned in this course is the importance of preparing for a public speaking engagement. This means more than just writing out a speech or presentation. It also means thinking about your audience, your delivery, and your own nerves.
I used to think that public speaking was just about getting up in front of an audience and sharing information. I now know that it is much more than that. It is an art and a science, one that I am still learning. I am grateful for what I have learned so far and look forward to continuing to improve my skills in this area.
These learning goals have served as guidelines for my speeches and assisted me in improving my public speaking ability as I go. The first goal is to know how to find and use a socially or intellectually interesting topic, then create an oral presentation on this issue. As the semester began, I had no idea what this aim meant or how it might be used in my speech.
However, after practicing and giving a few speeches, I gradually became more comfortable with the idea of identifying a topic, conducting research on it, and then finally delivering an oral presentation. The second learning objective is about how to use rhetoric as a tool for persuasion in public speaking. Rhetoric is basically the art of persuasion, and it can be used in many different ways in public speaking.
For example, rhetoric can be used to make an argument more persuasive or to appeal to the emotions of the audience. I have definitely seen the power of rhetoric in my speeches this semester, and I will continue to use it in future speeches as well. The third learning objective is about how to use verbal and nonverbal communication effectively in public speaking.
This includes things like eye contact, body language, and vocal variety. I have definitely become more aware of these things while giving speeches this semester, and I will continue to work on them in the future. Overall, I have learned a lot about public speaking this semester, and I am looking forward to continuing to improve my skills in the future.
My initial speech was about anything other than social significance. As a result, I only completed part of the first objective for my first speech, which was to give an oral presentation with a keyword outline. I began to learn more about how to choose a socially and intellectually significant subject as the semester went on.
However, by the time I delivered my informative speech about the Rhetoric of Social Media, it was already too late to change my first speech topic. Overall, I would say that I improved significantly in terms of delivery and content throughout the semester.
My confidence increased as well, which showed through my body language and voice projection. In particular, I remember being extremely nervous before my first speech, but by the time I gave my final speech, I was much more relaxed and confident. This is probably due to the increased amount of experience I gained from giving speeches throughout the semester.
There are still areas that I need to work on though. For example, even though I am now more comfortable with thinking on my feet and improvising, I still need to work on being more concise. I tend to ramble on and add unnecessary details, which makes it difficult for the audience to follow along. In addition, I need to be more mindful of the time limit. Although I generally stay within the time limit, there are times when I go over by a few seconds, which can be frustrating for both me and the audience.
Overall, I am happy with the progress I made in public speaking this semester. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience that I will be able to use in the future. Public speaking is a skill that is essential not only in academic settings but also in professional ones. Therefore, I am glad that I was able to improve my public speaking skills this semester.
I was able to include the message that the purpose of this speech was to educate and increase audience knowledge, as well as heighten their awareness about a situation or subject. I was able to evaluate whether or not the topic I picked was important using these newly incorporated resources. By the end of the semester, I had an excellent handle on what the primary learning aim is all about.
I was also successful in using different types of speeches to influence the audience. The impromptu speech, for example, really made me think on my feet and come up with a topic that was not only relevant but also interesting. Overall, I believe I have grown as a public speaker and have become more confident in myself.
One of the things that I need to work on is my delivery. Although I have become more confident, I still tend to rush through my words or speak too softly at times. This is something that I will continue to work on in the future. Another area that I need to work on is my use of visual aids. In the informative speech, I did not use any visual aids and this made it difficult for the audience to follow along. In the future, I will make sure to use visual aids to help the audience better understand my message.