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Friday, September 13, 2013

Public Speaking in the Changing World of Communications

From the moment the first single-cell microorganism split off from its bacterial host more than three billion years ago to the political and cultural upheavals taking place around the world today, life on earth derives from ceaseless adaptation to constantly changing conditions. 
Communication processes—the sending of signals and exchange of messages within and between organisms—shape the evolutionary adaptations that take place. Entire civilizations arose because of the advantages brought about by new forms of social communication. 

From the first printing press, pamphlets, telegraphy, telephony, and photography through the electronic media and on to the internet, social media, and mobile devices of the current era, communications technology opens up discursive spaces that can be used to challenge tradition and authority. Contemporary examples include how the “bottom-up” Arab Spring uprising and the global Occupy protests reflect a long history of communication’s impact on public discourse, political action, and cultural change. 
Many people dread their public speaking class, because they think it’s “just” a presentation class. Speaking as a dynamic, meaningful and authentic communication experience, not a dreaded requirement. Take ownership of you communication practice. While public speaking is literally a one-way transaction, it is also a transaction with the audience, The best communication choices, and the most responsible ones, emerge from approaching it as fundamentally dialogic. That means that you need to understand how every component of their presentation involves making choices and taking responsibility for those choices to their audience.
We have to think about how to put the “public” back in public speaking, and help you understand the classroom experience as a civic one; our talk in class isn’t just going through the motions for a grade, but is a step toward engaging the larger world of public discourse, which exists right in their classrooms. Yes, these skills will help you  in your personal and professional lives.


Joshua Gardner said...

Well said, though I don't feel this com 101 class as a burden or a 'useless' class by any means. Com 101 isn't my favorite but few Americans would disagree with me I have a feeling. I'm appreciative to have this experience under my belt and its definitely a great way to expose and compose oneself to an indeed necessary part of life.

Com 101-4049

Anonymous said...

I think it is crazy that people are afraid to speak in public and it is one of the top fears in the world's population. Hundreds of years ago or even when this great country was being started peoople risked thier lives just to speak thier mind in a public fourm. That is why I enjoy prestenting to an audience, it has been one of my favorite things to do since high school. People are afraid of scrutiny from otherss while speaking, but what they need to do is stop worring, focus, and get thier point across in a neat manner.
Benny Ventresca COM101-4080

iheartblog702 said...

I agree 100% that this class will help me attain skills that will be useful to me in the future. even tho i feel super nervous when doing a speech im still glad im in this class.

Anonymous said...

I have experienced many people talking in "public," due to possibly not knowing or really preparing for their speech. I speak quite often as a trainer and at times I have had butterflies in my stomach, especially for high exectives. I need help with my tone of voice while speaking and I know this class will help me be better. I enjoy speaking to an audience, but I am pretty well prepared with my speech.

Anita Falconetti
Comm 101-4049

Bridget West Com 101-4080 said...

Honestly, I was dreading this class at first. I get very nervous speaking in front of audiences. I was also one of those people who thought of it as "just" a presentation class. However, my opinion and viewpoint have changed now that I am actually understanding this subject more and realizing how much it will help me presently as well as in the future.

Anonymous said...

I have also experienced speaking in 'public' however it is sometimes difficult to do it in front of your peers. But like the prof said in class last week, who care if people dont like you or what they think of you, just do what you need to do. I see this class as 'training' to help me to be a better public speaker. Any public speaking expeiences you get will help you later in life. We all will have to public speak at one point of our lives or another.

Joseph Conteras HN 4049 COM 101

Anonymous said...

Anthony Chu
Its amazing how much we can say to people and even animals without talking at all. They get messages with just our movement, facial expressions and sometimes the way we carry ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Of course, public speaking is everywhere, not just in presentations, and we do it all the time, even in normal conversations. I used the persuasive model, for example, to convince my boyfriend to sell me the bass that he bought me and then decided that it wasn't a gift in the first place. I fed him dinner to get him comfortable, convinced him of the benefits of selling the bass, reminded him of the car dealerships turning him down because of his low down payment, and then finally he came around and agreed on the amount I offered.
People shouldn't be scared of public speaking since it is basically the same as talking to another individual on a larger and more formal scale.

-Danielle Nunez COM 101

Lisa Mendez said...

I am grateful for my communication class and other courses I have taken this summer to get me caught up to modern day technology. Even though I haven't been to college since 1981, I still have 20 years of work to go before I can retire. Learning communication skills will help me, help other people more effectively and I can feel better about the job I'm doing.

Anonymous said...

It seems like more and more people are afraid to speak in front of an audience. I get very nervous also. I even chose the summer course just to get it over with. From the first speech i have become more comfortable with the group i speak in front of however i don't know how i would do in front of an anonymous group still.

Jason Cox COM101