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Getting Involved in Communication

GEORGE SHI

STAFF WRITER

   The pen may be mightier than the sword, but nowadays, speech is mightier than the gun. Freedom of speech is not a given right; in fact, countries like North Korea, Iran, and Myanmar are all places where speech is censored.

   However, that is not the case in America, which is why we should use our speaking skills, since speaking can change a nation as shown by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

   At Pinewood, students can and should explore all the speech and debate chances on campus. Though it may be early in the morning, the Speech and Debate class is a great way to complete the requirement for an elective, and, at the same time, learn speaking skills that are beneficial for conversations, interviews, and overall confidence.
The class teaches students how to have proper body language and how to be a
clear communicator.

   In addition, the students have to participate in two debate tournaments a semester, which is great for helping them get out of their comfort zones and even meet other people from different schools with
similar interests.

   Another option is drama. In order to act in a play, students must first get comfortable with performing in front of an audience. Performing requires lots of confidence, which can help you gain
upward job mobility in the future,
fix things you don’t like about yourself, and explain something you understand well to other people. In fact, these skills can even help improve your writing and directly help your
school work.

   Moreover, actors must be clear communicators. The better someone is able to understand what you are saying, the more likely you will get along well especially in the workforce.

   Lastly, students can even join the Junior State of America club to learn about political debate. As of now, war is decreasing as more countries rely on diplomacy to handle conflicts. Therefore, politics are becoming even more important. Those who understand politics and communication skills will benefit since they can both help improve relationships between countries and contribute to society.

   Having been in debate since freshmen year, I can say that it has helped me become more confident when dealing with others and my speaking style has
become more concise so people can
better understand what I am saying.

   I am also the president of the JSA club, which I think teaches other
students many life skills since it keeps them informed on current events and also teaches them
communication skills.

   I do, however, regret not doing theatre because it seems very interesting and performing is an art form that not many can master. I highly recommend everyone to at least try one of these course in speech and debate while they are
still in high school.

   According to American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Jim Rohn, speaking is a privilege for us, and, as is the case with everything else, practice
makes perfect.

   “Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people,” Rohn said.

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