By Julia Andborn

For our Business Communication course we emphasized the importance of persuasion and how to make a speech as persuasive and clear as possible. Our final assignment was to give a persuasive speech about something. I decided to do it on why everyone should go vegan at least once a week. Building up to the day of the presentations we learned about different strategies and ways to improve our speeches. One important thing to do is explain so a child can understand. This means that we should expect the audience to have little to no knowledge regarding our topic and therefore explain it clearly. Another thing was to show confidence and try to connect with the audience and persuade them that you are in fact confident. This is through the way you speak, move, and structure your speech. The third thing was to practice, practice, practice. The better you know your presentation the more comfortable you will be with unexpected situations. 

These were just a few of the tips and tricks we learned in the Business Communications class. It was such an interesting class and I really feel more comfortable with public speaking after these past few weeks. There were only 15 people in class which made it feel safer. We also got to know each other and became more and more comfortable in front of each other, which helped a lot too. If you are a person that looks to improve your public speaking skills with a focus on the business world, I definitely recommend this course! Also, if you are a person who enjoys public speaking, I would also recommend this class since it is challenging and I will guarantee you that you will learn something new you can use when speaking in public. 

Thank you for reading my blog posts about my experience on the Asia Travel Study and if you have any questions about the courses or Travel Study you can reach out to me! This is my Instagram @juliaandborn 

I hope you have a good week and I’ll talk to you soon! 

Julia Andborn participated in our virtual study abroad in Asia in Summer 2021.