Learning Outcome 4A Oral Communication

This artifact highlights my academic growth in my ability to convey oral messages effectively. The speech which this artifact outlines was given in Communication Law in Fall 2010. Each class period, a fictional case was assigned to two students to argue as if they were lawyers. In this particular artifact, I was the prosecution. I had six minutes to construct my argument, and the defendant lawyer had six minutes to construct their argument. This was followed by cross examination, and then each lawyer had a minute to make a closing statement.

I will admit that giving oral presentations isn’t my strong point. I couldn’t scan the comment sheet from the speech, but hDr. Hemmer had written that while I constructed a good argument, my cross examination was weak and my questions wordy. I also overlooked some cases that would have been useful in my argument. But this is still a major improvement over my first oral presentation in Communication 101.

In Commuication 101, I had to give a persuasive speech on a topic that I researched. For this speech, I researched separation of church and state and did a speech arguing that “under God” should be in the Pledge of Allegiance and people should say Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays. I still remember how my comment sheet on that speech said the topics I argued could have made two speeches. In other words, it wasn’t cohesive. I also remember not practicing adequately then, whereas in Communication Law, I meticulously made a note sheet, practiced and timed my speech. This experience which taught me the importance of practice and preparation definitely showed in my grade for this presentation, and in my confidence. I still have plenty of room for improvement as I still struggle with impromptu speaking which is required for cross examination questions. But I have come a long way since freshman year and have no doubt that if my future job requires oral communication, I will be able to project confidence.

Alexandria V Owens Brief

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