University of Phoenix Material Charquita Moore Public Speaking Diagnostic Questionnaire INSTRUCTIONS ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE PARAGRAPHS OF AT LEAST 150 WORDS. QUESTIONs 1. ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, WITH 1 EQUALING LOVE IT, AND 10 EQUALING HATE IT, RATE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT SPEAKING IN FRONT OF GROUPS. EXPLAIN YOUR REASONS FOR THIS RATING. I would rate my feelings as a 9, but by the time I leave the class it maybe close to a 3.
I rate this because I have never spoke in front of people until I came to the university of phoenix besides speaking at my high school graduation, but that is different because to everyone it really did not matter whether I messed up or not. I was only 18 at the time. I think may be I am afraid of messing up, but I have to realize that everyone has to learn somewhere and it will take time especially if you are not a talker. 1. What type of public speaking, if any, makes you uncomfortable? Just speaking in public period makes me feel very uncomfortable.
I hate the idea of other people just sitting there staring at me as I speak. Not knowing if they are saying anything negative about what I am saying. I get very nervous feeling like I may mess up at anytime. I don’t like reading from a paper, because I may stumble over it which is normal for anyone that is not a good speaker. I also have a problem speaking loud so that everyone could understand what I am talking about. Speaking in public is a talent that I do not have. I speak so much slang when I talk with people and that I would have to work on. 2.
What type of public speaking, if any, do you enjoy most? I do not enjoy it, but hopefully one day I get to like it. It would make me feel good about myself. 3. How would you describe your public speaking strengths? Honestly I do not have any strengths dealing with public speaking. I am a shy person when it comes to a crowd of people. That is something that I will have to practice on. 4. What aspects of your public speaking skills need improvement? I need to have more confidence for myself. If I have that I know I could do it. Knowing who my target audience is.
Stop using the word um so much. Stop talking so fast. Learn to talk slow so the audience can understand what is being said. Learn to stand still and stop staring at the ceiling. Look at my audience so they will know that we are connected. 5. What specific public speaking techniques do you desire to learn in this course? I would love to learn whatever is offered to me. I know in my career in the future I will eventually have to speak in front of a group of people. So I need to begin early and get familiar with what this course has to offer.
Being able to draw the audience into the message. Motivate others to understand what I am talking about instead of being a bore. When speaking I also need to motivated. 6. What types of visual aids have you used in the past in conjunction with your presentations or speeches—such as PowerPoint® presentations, handouts, surveys, and questionnaires? In your opinion, which of these have been more effective? I have used PowerPoint presentations in many of my classes and with most of my presentations I really struggled with it.
Using PowerPoint’s are a really big help instead of just standing in front of people just reading and explaining off of a paper. The audience is able to look to see what you are talking about. It is a good tool to have and to use. Many would disagree with me about the PowerPoint’s. Many would rather use handouts, but that may be easier for most. For me the PowerPoint’s are great for me. Handouts can be very useful as well, like I said it lets the audience feel and understand the message that massager is bringing.