Thursday, October 8, 2009

Is public speaking hazardous to your health?

     KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Professor Ronald Colburn has taught speech classes at Valencia’s Osceola campus for nearly 20 years. He recently gave an open workshop lecture on the mental and physical effect of stress involved with public speaking.
     “You can control your nerves it just takes practice” Colburn said to start off his lecture. Colburn has seen everything that a nervous student can demonstrate from stopping mid-speech, fainting, and even a student who cried throughout her speech.
     The students attending the lecture were asked to write down their questions for Colburn to answer. After the sixth and seventh question about controlling nerves, laughter was ringing out among everyone in attendance. People fear being judged for mistakes they make, but there truly is nothing to fear but fear itself.
     A few students were asked to stand behind the podium in the front of the auditorium. Important points were made about proper body poster, and the students were asked how they feel. “I feel fine but if I had to give a speech I don’t know” one student said.
     When asked about his own nervousness during a speech Jerald Bentil said “I just get nervous at the beginning but it goes away.” His friend Larans Hyppoilte pointed out “I’m only here for my bridges scholarship requirements.”
     Speech class tends to be a requirement for most majors, so issues of stress involved with public speaking will affect most students attending college. “Practice is the best way to help you control your nerves” said professor Colburn. “Altogether the lessons learned from public speaking helps students become more aware of themselves and the people around them.”

By- James Tutten


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