The class comm. 375 has shaped me as a better presenter, communicator, and more comfortable and aware of my gestures and behaviors when presenting. Some of my weaknesses in the beginning were that I would kind of freeze up and did not put much energy or personality into my presentation. Also, I would concentrate more on delivering information that I forgot that no one really cares to hear what I have to say unless I make it interesting. I think everyone’s weakness was the misuse of Power point. I use to think bullet points were okay. However, now whenever I see anyone else have more than four words and it’s just plain, I can honestly say that I cringe. Another weakness of mine, was that I would not have enough eye contact and was not always prepared. I’m a bit of a procrastinator, which I am working on currently, it really is one of my resolutions along with time management. However, some of my strengths are now that I put a lot of personality into my presentation, especially on my last lecture! I barley looked at my notes, granted I did ramble a bit, but that was suppose to be a part of it because that is my personality. Another thing I improved on was that I did not wait till last minute to do this project, therefore it turned out to be better than all my other ones. I’m going to work on being more prepared for future presentations by doing them days in advance or not doing them all at once.
My philosophy on presenting is that it is needed for business corporations and just for everyday communicating. Especially when you bring up an idea to a group, having eye contact shows confidence and gives credibility. Hand gestures will keep the listeners more in tuned. I think that the most important part of the less was learning how to use a presentation aid and not to overload it with words. No one wants to read slides or have someone read them slides. There is no point for the presenter then.
I really did learn how to use power point and have already used the lessons learned and applied them to every class I had that I had to present in. People paid more attention to what I had to say instead of reading the power point. The sales presentation was my least favorite because I really could not think of anything to original to make and many people did not like my groups idea. I loved the stand alone because it taught me how to make a video, which sounds crazy but I never knew how. My absolute favorite though was the last lecture, I really put my personality and humor into it and got to show people that I’m really not that shy person that seems to come out more in presentations. I loved the class however, I realized that I am not as good as I thought I was at presenting and the only reason I thought I was legit, was because everyone in my comm. 210 class was a bit more reserved. And when I got into all my communications classes I understood there were so many people better and creative. I still love to present but I think I will go another direction where presenting is not all that I do.