College Public Speaking Training is Vital to Student Success by Reed Markham, Associate Professor, Daytona State College

August 30, 2017 | Author: | Posted in College and University

Do you know what the most feared college course? If you guessed calculus or economics, you are wrong. Public speaking is considered the most feared course in colleges and university yet training in public speaking is vital to a student’s college experience and future career. National experts agree that public speaking training has tremendous value. One of the top universities in the Nation, the University of Colorado completed a survey of faculty and students across the curriculum. Both groups agreed that students are deficient in the following: expressing ideas clearly, organizing messages, expressing ideas concisely, using evidence, using a speaking voice, controlling anxiety, and listening effectively. College training in public speaking will is a remedy for each of these deficiencies.
President of Wayne State University, David Adamany observed: “It has become increasingly clear that students are significantly deficient in their ability to make oral presentations. Yet this skill has become steadily more important in a world which requires collaboration between specialists in widely varying fields. Contrary to some journalistic assertions, a technological age heightens the need for human collaboration and thus for effective oral communication-rather than diminishing it… I ask the commission to consider how the university might improve the ability of students to make oral presentations, which is certainly one of the basic skills required of most educated persons.” The solution to this college’s problem is clear: require Speech 2608.
According to Job Outlook 2012, verbal communication is ranked as one of the most sought after skills. In today’s highly competitive job market, strong public speaking skills will help our students get that first job and later advance in the workplace. Public speaking course can teach college students how to be successful speakers.
Carmine Gallo, a well-known writer for Forbes observed: “If you’d like to substantially boost your value as a business professional in 2014, billionaire Warren Buffett has some advice: master the art of public speaking. Buffett once told a class of business students that he would pay anyone in the room $100,000 for 10 percent of their future earnings. If they were good communicators, he would raise his bid by 50 percent because public speaking would make his ‘investment’ more valuable.” Students who successfully complete Speech 2608 raise their value in America’s very competitive work environment.
A national survey by Conference Board found that only 25% of today’s college graduates enter the world of work with well-developed speaking skills. A 2013 survey by the National Association of College and Employers found that the ability to communicate effectively is the quality employers most want to see in new recruits. Allapattah Middle School (Miami, Florida) principal, Bridget McKinney requires students to take a speech class. Robert Rothman, fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education concluded: “Rothman says employers want workers with better communications skills.”

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