When I was first told that I had to take an oral

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When I was first told that I had to take an oral communication class my first question was what is oral communication? I told the academic counselor look; I took English 101 and English 102 and I know this is written communication but I had to read some of my paper out loud. He laughed and said ok Ms. Epps but this is a requirement. I was trying to get out of taking this class however it didn’t work and I am so glad it didn’t. You see, I have truly enjoyed this class and I have learned how to effectively communicate better and I feel as thou I have made some new friends. What went well in my informative speech I believe my delivery went well because the subject that I spoke on, I am very passionate about Texting While Driving. My speech was organized in a way that I could follow along with the PowerPoint presentation. I believe my voice was clear and my transitions were smooth. As far as, what went wrong, well I would have to say nothing, call it beginners’ luck. After my informative speech, I learned how to better organize the overview of my demonstration speech so that I know what to say and when to say it. The area that I still need to improve on would be in organizing the body of the speech. Knowing how to keep the speech flowing smoothly without losing the thought process. I believe the areas that I have improved upon in my persuasive speech are keeping eye contact with my audience, speaking clearly and improving my verbal communication skills. I need to practice and memorize my speech so that I won’t keep looking down at my paper. Biblical principles are relevant to public speaking because our words matter and “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverb: 18:21 KJV). There is an old nursery rhyme that goes like this “stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” (Yip 2019). This is so far from the truth words do hurt and that hurt lingers on forever. This nursery rhyme was taught to children in order to help them cope with hoarse word that someone may say to them. I don’t believe this was a good coping strategy, we must be careful and mindful of our words especially as Christians who have accepted God’s calling on our lives. It is important to consider Biblical principles when speaking because we are speaking to God’s people and God wants us to be aware of how we speak to each. We should always speak to lift our sister and brother up not to tear them down. I plan to use what I have learned to encourage others to fulfill their dreams and to uplift people whom I am surrounded by. I plan to try out my new skills at my church and with my family. My professor was easy to talk too and supportive thought-out this class he provided valuable feedback. For example, he let me know what the strengths were in my papers/ speeches as well as the next step to take. His feedback helps me to improve from one assignment to the next. Thank you, Professor Barnett, it has truly been a blessing to have crossed your path.Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones…Tiffany Yip, Ph.D. Mar 08, 2019https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/stumbling-towards-diversity/201903/sticks-and-stones-may-break-my-bonesReflection on Speech Class. (2017, Dec 15). Retrieved July 13, 2019, from