Overall, I feel like a more confident and prepared public speaker. Throughout the quarter, I have improved on eliminating filler words that disrupt the flow of my speeches. I feel less nervous in front of my classmates, now that I know they are all supportive and just want me to be my best self. Before every speech, I have tried to sit confidently at my desk, and it has definitely worked, as my classmates have told me I speak confidently and don’t look nervous.
I am grateful for this experience to build upon my public speaking skills, because I will most likely have to pitch a story idea, conduct interviews, and speak to the public in my future journalist position.
I was pleased to be able to choose my own topics to speak about because I was able to speak with passion about topics that affect me personally. I would definitely keep that freedom within the class for future students. I enjoyed the first two speech rounds because they allowed me to get to know my classmates on a more personal level compared to the third round options. Maybe add a more personal type of speech to the third round next year?
In conclusion, the life philosophy speeches were my favorite, and I enjoyed listening to all of them. It was a great way to wrap up the year. Thank you for a great quarter, Professor Truch. I really improved as a speaker, and grew as an individual.
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