2. I also feel that this class has improved my critical thinking skills as well. As I mentioned above, I am able to recognize motives and strategies much more quickly than I could at the beginning of this semester. Adding on to that I am able to not only recognize strategy, but consider how I myself might improve upon it or the route I would've most likely taken. I'm also able to determine the effectiveness of certain PR tactics when faced with a particular demographic or socio-economic status.
3. My public speaking skills have also improved because of Top Dog. I really like that the standards for presentations are higher than most other classes, it pushes me to do my research and rehearse extensively before delivering. It has also helped me recognize the importance of eliminating things like fillers and depending on visual aid too heavily during an address.
4. I have recognized a big change in my time-management skills as well. When I was involved in athletics, my time-management skills were top notch. Since retiring, however, I've noticed myself becoming more and more lax the further removed I am from sports. I really appreciate the opportunity this class has given me to get that back, as I will certainly be needing it going into any job field after graduation.
5. This semester in Top Dog has improved my ability to cooperate with a variety of different people. I have always admired people of great flexibility who can adapt to different personalities and circumstances. This is something I am constantly working to ameliorate and also an area that I am more than excited to see progress in.