Whether its within our own residential communities, our churches, or our workplaces, we have all witnessed speakers who have claimed to have "stayed up all night long", putting together some major speech presentation just to arrive the next morning, at the scheduled speech site, to verbally deliver the speech so ineffectively that one can only ponder: "Who CARES that they stayed up all night?"
In any speaking situation, substance, logic, interesting anecdotes, and testimonial research are crucial, for not only a speaker's effectiveness, but for the speaker's credibility. Equally important (if not more important) to the actual speech itself, however, is the actual verbal DELIVERY of the speech.
Public speech is not easy. Except perhaps for seasoned politicians and professional speech commentators, public speech, in fact, is often said to be among the top three fears of the American populace, right under the fears of death and crime. Improvisational speech is especially challenging, due to the fact that one has only seconds to reflect and verbally respond.
University Presidents; College curriculum planners, and international leaders understand clearly that there is no better time than now for the world's future leaders to gain the ability and confidence to address various audiences, in various situations, effectively.
Nationally, however, because public speech is often perceived to be worthy of fear ("False Evidence Appearing Real, according to national best-selling author, Pastor Rick Warren), the often required speech class is often the LAST class a student will select to enroll in. Usually, it is only when the realization actually sets in that there will be no graduation (as in 'degree in hand') without demonstrating some ability to verbally communicate effectively.
Moreover, in our current fast-paced highly technological world, future leaders oftentimes mistakenly believe that when the inevitable time arrives to speak publicly, a simple seat behind a computer and a push of the 'send' button will complete the mission. Unfortunately, such a mistaken assumption will eventually, of course, lead to career disaster, which of course is why 'online' college speech classes (aside from those students who are home bound) are so absurd. Most American citizens would agree that it is crucial that future physicians, attorneys, educators, scientists, engineers, journalists, members of Congress, U.S. Presidents, and leaders within ANY professional arena master the ability to effectively speak in public.
Enrolling in a college speech class will promote within college students self-confidence; analytical and critical thinking skills; effective listening skills; knowledge of communicative testimonial research use and other effective elements of speech support, as well as promote excellent, dynamic and highly effective interpersonal communication skills that are sure to be demonstrated within their individual professional career fields. A college speech class will teach students (the world's future leaders) how to calm the butterflies, how to deep breathe for pre-speech relaxation, and how to employ professional techniques that will assure professional speech delivery, while simultaneously, allowing students an opportunity for adquate practice.
Regardless of the professional arena that students select to make their contribution to the world, there will surely come a time when one will be expected to deliver a speech publicly, dynamically, professionally, and effectively.
For the world's future leaders, enrolling in a speech communications class is, indeed, priceless.