Reflective Journal Three
1. After having delivered your persuasive speech, what concepts, principles, and skills in effective speech communication have been further imbibed within you? What proofs or evidence reflect the set of knowledge and skills you have learned, strengthened, improved or developed?
After delivering my persuasive speech I have a greater understanding of the platform in which it is delivered. It is important to remember your audience and focus your presentation towards them. I found that many students did not take this into consideration and I wanted to make sure my speeches were delivered to the best of my ability. I made sure to focus on the time limit given and to include the most relevant data. The time limit is extremely important. Regardless of how much you know about a subject, others won’t necessarily care about all of it. It’s important to pick and choose your details you present carefully. After awhile, people will just hear words, and those words will have no meaning. The citation is also important as well. Delivering a speech to a college class is not difficult but if you are delivering it to your colleagues it is important that they understand where the information is coming from. They are going to want to know that the information is accurate and you took the time to verify it.
2. How valuable do you think are the skills you have gained in effective communication in your personal, academic, and career goals?
I have had numerous education and personal experiences where I have had to previously create and then deliver my own presentations. I had to learn everything on my own in the corporate world. I don’t think that I have ever really had issues with mastery or nervousness but my citation has become much better. I was very young when I first entered the corporate world and I made a lot of mistakes. I had to really struggle to get everyone to take me seriously because of my age. I feel that with my improved skills regarding citation I can concretely develop and present my ideas to a point that makes me seem more credible.
3. If you are to recommend some strategies for success in acquiring skills in effective speech communication from CAS100A class, what specific strategies would you recommend to a peer or fellow students?
I would recommend that they take the time to master the speeches. If a student does thorough research through credible sources, they will have a greater understanding of their topic. You cannot simply present an idea based upon one opinion you may have. You need to have a solid foundation. I would also recommend learning how to properly cite sources from the beginning. It can be a bit tricky at time but the sooner you begin trying to master citing, the better you will become at the end of the course.
4. What of our course objectives do you believe have been met at this stage of your learning progress?
I do believe that for the majority of students who come to class and participate that we have met all of the course objectives. We have had plenty of practice in using different forms of technology to plan and prepare speeches. We have had opportunities to present our speeches and learn from our mistakes. There has been plenty of opportunity for each individual to master their speeches and overcome their fears this far into the course. I feel that if someone has not made these accomplishments at this point it is because they are not making an effort.