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Would you recommend taking a Speech class?


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Alexis’s Answer

Yes! There is no job or career where learning to speak publicly, organize your thoughts and express yourself orally won't come in handy. From talking to a co-worker one-on-one, to presenting in front of a large group of people, understanding how to communicate effectively is extremely important.


In the 21st century, it may be the most valuable skill one can have.

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Take the speech class!
Think of a subject you know and love very well. How would you speak about it to someone who knows nothing about it? What would you choose to explain and how would you organize your thoughts?
Write that speech and share it.

Thank you very much for your advice! Mireia R.

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Jessica’s Answer

Yes being able to speak well is very beneficial. If you think about it, speech and appearance go hand and hand. For example when applying for jobs, you are judged instantly off your appearance then how well you are able to respond to the questions asked.

Jessica recommends the following next steps:

Take speech and thrive
Find a great interview or business outfit that makes you feel amazing

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Douglas’s Answer

Mireia,

Absolutely! The biggest fear of most people is public speaking. The second biggest fear is death. More people would rather be dead than face a group to speak to.

Depending upon what you want to do for a career, speaking may be part of it. Even when interviewing you'll have to know how to speak well. A good speech class can help you learn how to organize your thoughts, stand in front of a group and be coherent, and give you confidence in doing so.

Thank you so much for your insight! Mireia R.

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Brian’s Answer

Hi Mireia,

Judging from your hashtags, I'd say you are looking at whether or not this will help you be a better teacher. I can echo what the others have said and confirm that it definitely will. There are so many ways in which improving your speaking skills will benefit you throughout your career. It will boost your confidence and present you with opportunities. As mentioned, a good course will help you in multiple areas:
* Topic selection
* Speech structure
* Preparation and delivery
* Impromptu speaking

The most important thing about speaking is practice, though. So, if you are interested in another approach, you may want to look into Toastmasters (http://www.toastmasters.org/). I know, the name makes it sounds stodgy and old-Timey, but it's a nonprofit group dedicated to the craft of public speaking. I did it for years, met cool and interesting people, and had a lot of fun doing it. They do the same things as the classes do, plus they give you regular opportunities for practice and a safe, supportive environment for feedback. You can usually find multiple clubs that meet in your area at a variety of times so you can visit and find one that you are comfortable in.

Good luck on your journey!

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Lavinia’s Answer

Hi Mireia,

I strongly believe taking a Speech Class is always going to be helpful - both in your career, as well as in your personal life. Such a class does not only teach you how to prepare your speech (how to present your point(s) to the audience and how to fit in the timing you have at disposal, how to link the presentation with some parallel stories to keep the audience interested, add in visual info, so), but also give you tips about breathing, speaking with the right tone, posture, so - all this info, as mentioned, being very helpful in the day to day life also.

I would even say taking speech classes from different professors/coaches at different times in life, as well as exercising your speeches - is a very good way of becoming a pro!

Good Luck!

Lavinia





 


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Terri’s Answer

Mirea, Yes. I would strongly recommend taking speech classes. There are several out there, so choose one that will definitely give you the benefit of being able to do the following:

1. Preparing and delivery of a speech.
2. Public Speaking (small and large groups)
3. Last minute speeches. This is important as in some instances you may not be given enough time and have to think outside of the box and deliver a speech last minute or on a whim.

Thank you so much for your advice! Mireia R.

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