Essay about Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

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Attending Samford University as a freshman, I was more than positive that all of my classes would be boring until I enrolled in Communication Arts 101. Communication Arts is a class required for all freshmen to take and it helps develop writing and speaking skills that will empower us as students. Traditionally, college professors will ask their students to write an essay and move on to the next assignment. In contrast, Samford University incorporates formal speeches into the curriculum to help students vocally express their research and thoughts. Our class was recently assigned to deliver an Informative speech, which is a major portion of our grade. My speech received a fairly good grade; however, there are some aspects of my speech that…show more content…
The second weakness I observed in my Informative speech was my lack of commanding the material. While I was delivering my speech, I continuously read my notes cards verbatim instead of paraphrasing my information to make my speech sound fluent. There were many accounts where I constantly made this mistake of reading my note cards verbatim. For instance, this occurred when I alleged, “Social Media Networking is the process in which society use social media to promote businesses and communicate with friends and family.” When I read this statement from my note cards verbatim, it showed my audience my lack of mastery over the material. The audience may become uninterested and unreceptive when the presenter reads from their notes too often. This weakness can also cause the presenter to makes less eye-contact with the audience. Even though my eye-contact was decent throughout the speech, I continuously stared at my note cards which caused the attention of my audience to drift away. In order for this not to reoccur, I simply need to practice more. I know this may sound broad, but the more I practice my speech the less I will depend on my note cards to get me through the presentation. Henceforth, I stood in the mirror for numerous hours imagining the mirror was my audience. I envisioned my classmates in front of me as I assimilated gestures and constant eye-contact to engage my audience. When I deliver my Revision speech, my audience will
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