Oral Skills memorandum
Oral Skills memorandum
I can comfortably say that I have achieved the goals that I set at the beginning of the semester. As stated in my introduction letter, my main goal was to accomplish a high grade by focusing on syllabus materials. I was able to participate in and attend to 100% of course activities which have advanced my skills in public speaking, taking raw data such as recording myself and reacting positively to constructive criticism from my professor and classmates. Through hard work and through participation in course work I am confident that I will achieve a high grade at the end of the course. The skills that I have acquired during the period will be helpful not only to my grade but also in my career.
One of my greatest achievements is improved skills in public speaking. At the beginning of the semester, I stated that my main weakness was public speaking. There are several concepts that I grasped during the theoretical part of the course that has played a key role in improving my public speaking skills. Some of the qualities that limited my skills for public speaking include lack of confidence and knowledge to organize my materials. Through the course, I understood that in order to build one’s confidence, it is important to organize the materials which will be used for the event. This includes thoroughly researching on a subject which will be addressed. I have also learned to incorporate humor during speech delivery which has turned out as an effective way of improving public speaking. Even though there was no live audience during the presentations, I am glad to inform you that I practiced a lot with my roommates before making the recordings and managed to improve my public speaking techniques. I believe that I am now capable of standing before a panel and present my case much better compared to before I undertook the course.
Writing and Grammatical Techniques
The other achievement I have learned is the necessity of recording myself during the event for later review. Using the recorded audios and videos, it has become easier to make improvements in grammar and organization of the material. This helps in improving grammar for both writings and speaking by reading and studying materials that widen the scope of knowledge for both written and spoken grammar. In addition, I have made tremendous changes in writing, including writing a quality resume, cover letters as well as course papers.
I have also learned, with time, to accept constructive criticism. I paid attention to the little corrections I received from you and the classmates and improved on them tirelessly while perfecting the pieces that the class considered well-done. I also followed your advice on how to write outstanding resumes and I am glad to inform you that I sent my resume to some organization applying for a chance to volunteer in the firm during my holidays and they found my resume appealing and have granted my request. The management even offered to give a monthly stipend as a motivation.
For this course, I am certain that I have achieved both personal and course goals and objectives. I have learned about effective communication, effective writing, and reflecting rhetorical choices that are involved in the communication process. A combination of the various skills acquired has changed my personality and how I interact with people.