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    As an ESL student, and an introverted person, speaking in public is always a huge challenge for me. In fact, if Speech Communication is not a required course for every student, I think I would never enroll in this course. Nevertheless, during the process of taking this course, I realized that I have learned a lot, and this course is not so burdensome than I thought before, on the contrary, it is quite interesting to listen to other classmates’ speeches, and giving my own speeches in front of a group of people can effectively increase my confidence. This semester we had four speeches at all, two informative speeches-- the speech designed to convey knowledge and understanding; one persuasive speech-- the speech of creating, reinforcing, or changing people’s beliefs or actions; and a problem-solving small group presentation-- a small group formed to solve a particular problem. For each of the speeches, the most important thing for me was to deal with the stage fright-- anxiety over the prospect of giving a speech in front of an audience. I had two methods to reduce the nervous: deep breathing and prepared my speech well. The other issue was to correct my pronunciation and articulation, this was the most common problem for many international students and I was no exception. My first informative speech was to inform my audience how to raise a guinea pig, I chose this topic because Professor Fuller said the informative speech was to introduce something you already knew to your…

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    In my self-critique to follow I will choose to lay out my response in the format to follow. First, I will address the strongest part and/or element of my speech. Second, in similar fashion I will also do the polar opposite as my first point and evaluate my weakest part and/or element of my speech. Lastly, as I watched the speech I personally jotted down some notes to make comments purposefully for this self-critique piece and for improving myself for my next presentation , so I will highlight…

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