(Comstudies 101) Course Reflection

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A reflection of my experience in a communications course

Submitted: April 08, 2011

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I once mentioned that the idea that a speech is an audience-centered process was a novel concept to me. It still is. Before taking this class, I approached planning my speeches from a very different (and self-centered) angle. As I leave the class, however, my concerns about speech preparation as well as delivery have changed. Most of my speeches in the past were very much like the first practice speech I gave that dealt with introducing ourselves to the audience. Basically, I would write a paper about what I had to say and simply recite it to the class. Although speeches conducted in this fashion provide more concrete as well as detailed information, they tend to sound very robotic. In my case, they also become the sole concern of the speech with no thought given towards other important factors such as audience interaction and leaving memorable impact. I believe that I am a very eloquent writer. Unfortunately, I have a very difficult time communicating my thoughts verbally. As a result, people conceive that I am, to put it frankly, stupid. In no way do I believe I am this way; I value education and, if I were to identify myself in any way (although, I am not really one for labels), it would actually be intelligent. Obviously, one’s identity is very important to her. So, when she has do something that conflicts with her identity, such as deliver a speech that comes off as vacuous due to the fact that is not read off a paper, this can have a very harrowing effect not only on the way others perceive her, but, more importantly, on the way she views herself. However, I really wanted to change the manner in which I delivered my speeches because I knew my public speaking (and, speaking in general) had much room for improvement. This is why I neglected my typical paper-delivering form. This is why I focused on simple topics. This is why I put great effort into making my presentations both relevant and personal. They may have not been eloquent, nor did they provide much detailed information. But they were thoughtful and required lots of practice as well as overcoming social fears. By focusing on how the other side interprets what I am communicating, I believe I did more than make my speeches audience-centered. I am slowly beginning to bridge the gap that makes it so difficult for me to communicate my thoughts. And when one is able to effectively deliver those brilliant ideas that are lurking beneath the surface, she does more than perpetuate an identity. She does more than become a better public speaker. She leaves an impact.


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