E-Portfolio Assignment #1

Throughout this public speaking course, I aim to improve three separate areas of my public speaking skills. I already have a good amount of experience speaking to a live audience, as I was a member of the Model United Nations team at Irvine Valley College, competing in multiple conferences including a national competition in Washington, D.C.

The first area of speaking I want to develop is a more engaging tone. Although I am comfortable speaking in front of people, at times my cadence and tone can become a bit one-note, which tends to bore people quite a lot. I have found two articles related to this topic, found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-gottsman/10-tips-on-how-to-deliver_b_5375201.html, https://www.inc.com/john-brandon/how-to-engage-an-audience-during-your-next-presentation.html.

Another area where I feel I can improve my speaking skills is not going on tangents. At times I can tend to lose the main point of my speech and wander off on a long-winded tangent. This occurs, I think, because my brain organizes thoughts in such a manner that I easily find ways to relate the main topic to other things. The articles I found for this are https://thesiswhisperer.com/2011/07/05/how-to-avoid-going-off-at-tangents/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/suzannah-baum/public-speaking-tips_b_5658779.html.

Finally, I also want to improve the actual timbre of my voice when speaking publicly. I feel that I have a tendency to speak in a higher nasal register, and I want to remedy that. The articles for this goal are https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-train-your-voice-to-be-more-charismatic-1417472214 and https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228515.

If I reach all three of these goals, I feel that I will have a very high level of public speaking comfort and skill. The changes that need to be made are not major, and with diligent work should be able to be remedied easily within ten weeks. After accomplishing the goals, I will likely put them to use when I join the Model United Nations team here at Cal Poly.


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