When I look back at everything I’ve done in this course throughout the semester I think about the first day of class. I remember sitting there being incredibly nervous because I didn’t like speaking in front of people and I only knew a few people in class, but I got up the confidence once I got to know others in class. One thing that this class has helped me with was preparing ahead of time, instead of doing my usual, procrastinating. Another thing that this course taught me was to be creative, not only with speech topics, but with design and powerpoint, which was something that I always lacked. My philosophy on presenting is that no matter where you work or go, you will have to present something, it’s part of everyday jobs, thing is, you have to know how to present professionally and accordingly no matter what the tone of your presentation is and you want to always grab the audience’s attention with whatever you speak about.
The first presentation was the Pecha Kucha, I really liked that presentation, I was confident, because I really liked my topic and people were interested in my topic, which made me feel really good about the presentation as a whole. Time seemed to fly when I was up there, and before I knew it I was done, and it was nice because I left the audience wanting more, they asked me so many questions after, and therefore I gained some friends, which made everything better. The only thing that wasn’t the greatest was the quality of some of my images, they still needed work. I think my standalone presentation was the most creative presentation I did and my topic was emotional, yet inspirational at the same time. I had quite a few problems with the music and voice throughout this project but with a little help from Ashley it came out good. The sales presentations I thought went really well, that was right in my line of work, being a marketing minor and all, and I was really lucky to get a really great group to work with so I was really confident going into this presentation. Finally, my last lecture was the most difficult for me to come up with, probably because it was the most important. I think it was because there was a lot riding on it and the fact that it couldn’t be cliché’ and the point value was the largest of the presentations and I found myself encountering many different feelings about topics. Eventually I found a good topic and I feel like it worked out really well, I was proud of the end result. Going first, I didn’t know what to expect from people or myself even but it ended up working out for the best. My presentation was a little shaky at the beginning because I was so nervous but once I saw everyone’s interested looks on their faces, I became more confident and got in the zone. I was happy to entertain everyone with my stories. This speech in particular showcased the comedic side to me as well as the inspirational side of me, and even though I rushed in the beginning, which I need to work on in the future for future presentations, I had a good speaking tone, and I feel that my design skills were improved a little, and I picked a topic everyone could relate to, so they were all interested and supportive. I thought it was the most significant presentation I did.
This course allowed me to be a more confident person all together, and I think this class was a large factor of that. There is still a lot of room for improvement, which I am working on, such as my weaknesses in design and speaking, and the way I stand during my presentations, basically small things that may lack credibility. I have a good handle on my strengths such as speaking in a more confident manner, I’ve done a decent job picking topics and I’m proud of my accomplishments in this class and as a public speaker. There were several obstacles that I encountered that I had to go through but, I think I dealt with them well and in the end came out a strong public speaker. Looking at myself as a presenter today I am able to be confident in myself and get up and speak about anything to any group of people, and I give this course credit for helping me become this way. This was one of my favorite classes this semester!