Course helps participants get, excel in jobs
OKMULGEE, Okla. — To be good at interviews and public speaking you have to start somewhere, whether it is a small group or a full classroom.
The Introduction to Speech Communications course at the College of the Muscogee Nation offers this opportunity. Students are expected to speak in front of both their peers and professionals who use this skill for a living.
CMN Academic Core Instructor Rita Courtwright said she has the students choose topics and present on them using what they are taught during the class.
Courtwright believes speech is an important skill.
“In life, you need to be persuasive, especially from leaving college and going into the real world,” Courtwright said. “If you are interviewing for a job, they are not only going to look at experience but you need to persuade them to look at you over the other candidates.”
Courtwright said persuasive speaking helps build self-confidence.
“This is a good experience for the kids that are taking this class,” Courtwright said. “It helps them to take a stand in what they believe in and have that confidence to back up what they are saying.”
Students, Garrick McCrary and James Newman feel this goal has been achieved with them.
“This class has helped me with my fear of public speaking,” McCrary said. “I can get up there now and speak instead of waiting to be the last person to talk to everyone.”
Newman said the class will help him in his chosen profession.
“This class has helped me fine-tune certain things when it comes to public speaking,” Newman said. “I feel I can do it better than what I use to do when I spoke to a group of people.”
McCrary admitted he still gets nervous in front of new crowds but feels better now that he knows how to work through it.
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