Originally Posted by taylor
I took a public speaking class as a degree requirement and it taught me almost nothing. I think I spoke 3 times with a month between times so it was impossible to gain any momentum. Here's hoping yours is better.
You certainly don't have to do Toastmasters, but those reasons you listed aren't real reasons. A waiting list and only 3 times a month? Yeah that sounds bad, but there are other clubs available if you look for them. Smaller clubs are a better value imo because you'll get more chances to practice and even take leadership roles if you want that. Find a Club - Toastmasters International
I typed in a random zip from Washington dc and there are almost 200 "open to all" clubs within 10 miles of it.
Oh, wow. I searched on Google and just found one.
But yeah, my class is going to be way better than yours. We already had to get up and speak the first day of class, and the professor is obviously smart and knows what she's doing. She told us there will be lots of speaking since it's a public speaking class, including doing Q&A's. She said that unless you are speaking to yourself, she considers it public speaking. I like that. Hell, this is Washington, D.C., so it actually makes sense that the public speaking classes would be great... when I went to sign up, I couldn't even get into my choice section because two of the three sections were full. But I had circled all the professors on my sheet to tell myself I had looked them all up and read good reviews... I couldn't even find reviews for the vast majority of professors at this school. Also, my first graded speech is on the second day of class (Friday).
I might join Toastmasters in the Fall after this class ends now... if I have time. I'll be taking classes full-time and working, so who knows... and the infrequency (3 times a month) might suit me better then.
Anyway, I am really busy this week, so sorry if it takes a little time to get to the phone convos, but I want to! Tomorrow night I have no plans after 8PM, so could be a good time to do a few.