Join Date: May 2007
Location: Philadelphia metro area
re: public speaking class
I had to do one...it actually wasn't that bad. She made us videotape ourselves and we were supposed to watch and take notes on how we could improve, but I could never bring myself to do that. I don't want to know how stupid I actually looked.
Use diagrams or a powerpoint presentation or something if you can, so people have something to look at other than you, and look at the tops of people's hair so they think that you're just looking at the person behind them (when really you're not looking at anyone at all). If you go towards the beginning, everyone else is probably thinking about their own speech, anyway. Public speaking is like the one thing that 95% of the people who take the class are going to be afraid of.
For me, the hardest part was actually thinking up speech subjects. The teacher told us we could do whatever we wanted as long as it was a certain "type" of speech....informative, persuasive, etc. I hate that...I feel like I'm being judged by the students based on whether or not I picked an interesting speech topic, I'd so much rather have something picked for me. I'd be nearly in tears the weekend before, trying to think up what could be an acceptable topic. Hell, I STILL think I embarrassed myself with my second topic, two years later. But I'm weird like that.