Every End Has A New Beginning

When starting the class, I couldn’t wait to get it over with. I was literally counting down the weeks for about the first 4 or 5 classes. Now that I have given my final speech, I’m not ready for it to end!
Before, speaking in front of more than 2 or 3 people seemed like a nightmare, and I would make myself sick over it. But with all the support and encouragement from everyone in the classroom definitely helped. I think that’s one of the things I’ll miss most about Speech class, the bond with everyone in the room. Getting to know the people, seeing or hearing where they’ve come from and the journey they’re on just really set this class apart from any other for me.

I feel like I am prepared to speak out in front of a crowd when the time comes, and that was my goal (although it seemed unreachable at one point). Thank you to all my classmates and Mrs. Basford for the time, energy, patience, and encouragement invested.



June 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Informative Speech

I really enjoyed listening to other people’s informative speeches. I really enjoyed listening to Mark explain about what Buckeye Ranch was and how it works. I also enjoyed Clinton’s speech about how being tired can affect our everyday lives. It was very entertaining. My informative speech did not turn out very good. Even after I had practiced it constantly and had it memorized. It seemed like as soon as I started to speak my mind just went blank and I completely forgot what I was going to say. I know in my last post I talked about how I had learned that people do not recognize the little mistakes that you think you are making. Because they probably do the same thing and you do not recognize it either. Candee was willing to give me tips and tell me what to do for my next speech. She told me to make better notes. That I shouldnt read my speech but that I should have little notes jotted down so that I could look down at them when need be. Overall I think the informative speeches were very well written and very informative.


June 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

Great Experience!

Wow, what can I say! Coming into this class, I thought it was going to be the worst class ever and I was dreading to take it. I’ve never liked public speaking but I had to take the class to graduate. I always thought no one would want to hear what I had to say or just wouldn’t care.  On the first day, I was really nervous but at the end of the day Candee made everything seem like it was going to be okay. Not only that, everyone in the class seemed like they were just as nervous as me. The classes and speeches flew by however, and it turned out to be my favorite class. I was actually looking forward to going to class and hearing what everyone had to say. The demonstration speeches were great, especially when we got to eat :). Everyone in the class was amazing and everyone was really supportive. We all grew as a class, and in my opinion everyone became great speakers by the end of the quarter. The last speech I got to do with Shayla, and we did our speech on organ donation. I was honestly sad that it was our last class, and I would recommend it to anybody. Candee was very helpful and was always making you feel at ease. The feedback forms also helped a lot and I think it helped me improve as a speaker. All in all, I am really glad I took this class and I also met a lot of wonderful people. I am glad I got to share this experience with you all!



June 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm 1 comment

Final Speech

The last day of class I also gave my final speech. I gave my final speech on post-secondary or PSEO. I tried to convince everyone in the class what a good program that it was and how much it can help someone out. Since I have been in this program I have earned 96 credit hours and got my associates degree in science. Now I am moving on to a bigger college in the fall of this year. Since I have taken all my basic classes at southern state I don’t have to at Eastern Kentucky, and this will save me a lot of money and time. So I encourage everyone to push their kids or family members towards the PSEO program, because I guarantee that it is a choice they never will forget.

But with that said I would like to tell everyone that I had a great time in this class and it was the funnest class I have had a Southern State. Looking back I never would have thought that this class would have been the best,because it is speech and who likes to give speeches but Candee made this class very fun. As well as everyone else in the class. But since the class is over now I want to wish everyone the best of luck, especially Candee with her new job.


June 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm 2 comments

Reading My First Speech

For my first speech of the class I read the book “Take Me To The Zoo” by Dr. Seuss. When I first stood in front of the class I was very nervous about speaking in front of my fellow classmates. When I first started to give my speech I felt as though my voice was crackling and felt like my hands was shaking constantly. As I got farther into the reading I felt to be calming down. I thought that I was speaking very clear with good volume. I believed my posture was good and that I was doing everything I needed to.

After getting my grade and reading some of the feedback forms I realized what I did wrong in my speech. But I did not see any negative feedback about the things I thought I was doing wrong. I thought they were going to talk about my voice crackling, hands shaking, and voice squeaking. It showed me what Candee was telling us since day one and that was that everyone is nervous when they go up to speak and that things you are worried your classmates are going to notice your nervousness and judge you. But after reading the comments written on my paper I realized that my classmates were listening to  what I was saying instead of how I was saying it which came as a huge relief.


June 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

Be yourself, listen to others and love, love, love~~~~

This class has really made my time at Southern State worth while.  I always had a great time in this class.  It was so fun getting to know everyone and listening to their speeches.  Candee taught us through a variety of ways, and one of the best ways she has taught us was by her own example.  Every time someone gave a speech she was always interested in what they had to say.  She would always actively listen to our speeches.  One of the biggest parts of this class was learning to listen with an open-mind, and our teacher was a great example of this.  Candee also taught us by her loving, joyful, and kind-hearted spirit.

In this class and in life, we just need to be ourself.  Candee taught us to be ourselves by being her own self with her kind attitude.  On the very first day, I remember Candee sharing a quote with us.  I can’t remember the exact words, but it went something like, “All human actions come from either love or fear.”  After she said that, I realized that a lot of the things I did came out of fear of my own failures.

Candee let us know that she loved us and that was why she does what she does.  Even though I already knew the importance of love, Candee reminded me that our motives need to be out of love.  I am really glad that I took this class.  I really appreciate my teacher and all the other students in my speech class.  I have learned basic things like be prepared and relax before your speech, but Candee really  taught us important life skills.  Be yourself.  Listen to others.  And love, love, love.


June 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm 2 comments

Goodbye but not Forgotten

Well, today was the last day of speech class and I am really sad to see it all end. Everyone gave such good speeches and Mrs. “B” has been a wonderful teacher. I know everyone hates to see her go and we will all miss her. I think the most important things that Candee has taught us in speech class is that it is good to try new things, to be yourself, and speak from the heart.

I would like to thank everyone in class for revealing a little piece of themselves during their presentations. This is what made it possible for all of us to bond so tightly with each other; an experience I will never forget. Good luck to every one and God Bless… until we all meet again.

sincerely, Julie Gray

June 8, 2011 at 8:24 am 1 comment

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