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Learning To Speak In Front Of An Audience

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Grace DeHaven prepares to address Coach Black's Communication Apps class.

Grace DeHaven prepares to address Coach Black's Communication Apps class.

Aaron Levi

Aaron Levi

Grace DeHaven prepares to address Coach Black's Communication Apps class.

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One might say that Professional Communications, also known as Speech, can be one of the most difficult classes to take in high school. The thought of standing up and speaking in front of all your classmates for four minutes without error can be intimidating to a freshman or a sophomore. It is easy to listen to others when you are not the one talking. It is a different story when the tables are turned.

I got to experience that stress this after enrolling in Professional Communications. It hit me hard when I discovered last semester that I would have to take the course during my sophomore year. As a transfer student from The Colony High School, I had never heard about Speech or anyone taking it. I am grateful to have Ms. Black as a teacher.  She is very nice and clearly breaks down assignments. Speech can be an easy class, but it can be difficult for some people who are not used to speaking before an audience. I get nervous from simply ordering meals from drive-thru restaurants. Having to talk for four minutes straight with all eyes on me can be terrifying.  

After visiting with other students, I discovered that I am not the only person who feels this way. “Speech class was the worst experience of my life,” said Kendall Beaird, “because I have social anxiety. I was scared to talk in front of people because people can be judgemental and everyone was staring at me.” 

I also learned that some people are comfortable speaking in front of others and actually enjoy it! “It was fun,” said Andrew Gomez. “You get to face some of your fears. I actually don’t find it that hard to speak and the work was easy, so it was cool.” Andrew pointed out that the purpose of Speech is a learning experience.

If you look at public speaking from Andrew’s perspective, Professional Communications can benefit students in the long run. It will help build confidence in the workforce, in society, and overall in life.

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