There are many skills, strengths, and weaknesses I have come to grasp and obtain throughout the time and effort I have put into this course. I have learned a lot from the following topics such as; verbal and nonverbal communication, research, and preparation. One who can take advantage of these attributes learned in speech 131 can become very successful in the real world. I will now be able to apply everything that I have learned thus far to better myself for my bright future ahead.
The information I have obtained will know be stated throughout the duration of my self critique paper.
I have attained a large amount of skills throughout the duration of this course. I have developed more confidence in my ability to communicate. I have come to attain a number of nonverbal communication skills such as learning to give my full physical attention to the speaker. My body language is perfect while I am listening to a speech. I am more aware of the speaker’s nonverbal messages.
I now look close at the audience’s nonverbal facial expressions to better my performance in my speech. I can listen with my whole body. I have attained many verbal communication skills as well.
I have come to realize that your voice is an extremely powerful tool. When I speak now my voice is never heard flat, monotone, or uninteresting. I can speak in a way that is both interesting and powerful. I developed a skill where people will pay more attention to what I say, but will also be willing to do what I say.
I vary the speed of my voice for example to not speak too fast or too slow. This class has greatly improved my researching skills. I know always ask myself what do I know that will help me develop my topic? I know how to assess my personal knowledge in my research.
I developed a research plan by answering several questions about my topic and its specific purpose. I can clearly recite my research to my fellow classmates clearly without any kind of strenuous thoughts. My preparation skills have been very tough to change. This class has made me now prepare my speech in a totally different easy manor. I know how to cut to the chase and waste no time preparing for a speech. I can stay relaxed and know how to use natural humor during a speech. I have much strength now in my verbal communications.
I can clearly pass my personal thoughts to another person. I can now speak in an interesting and powerful manor to my audience. Another is my flexibility to handle tough situations in a conversational manor throughout a speech. My strengths in nonverbal communications are being able to read the facial expressions of my audience to better my speech. I am well aware how to act after I give my speech and sit down. I always look interested in what anyone is saying or doing while they are presenting as I state before that the key is to listen with your eyes.
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