The following is my feedback from my Long Informative speech:
This speech was a lot harder for me than my last speech. I didn’t try to memorize my speech at all because I knew there were many problems with trying to do that. First it would have been too hard since it was a long speech and it would have probably ended up with my forgetting something in my speech and having a long pause. I ended up making an outline and it went okay for some parts of my speech but in others I definitely got tongue tied. I also think that because I no longer liked my topic I was even more nervous than usual. I think I have to work on choosing a topic that I like and just stick with it because half way through working on this speech I considered making it about pomegranates. I realize that I really need to work on controlling my movements and filler language and when I get nervous I fill my speech with it. In my last speech I had less filler language because I had practiced my short intro a lot. I still need to work on having a clear thesis in my intro because I thought I had one but it was kind of lacking.
first speech second speech
For my first speech in the first speech round I talked about a family tradition of mine. Here was my feedback:
For my second speech in that round I did an oral interpretation on Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse Five.
The following is the feedback I got:
Overall I think my first speech was a learning experience. I had wanted my speech to be very conversational so I didn’t stay to my original script when I practiced. I have come to realize that I am not good at coming up with fluid sentences on the spot because I would pause frequently and use a lot of filler language. I also realized that I really had to work on my movements because in my first speech I was moving around a lot. Another thing I wanted to work on was being more clear with my ideas and where I was going with my speech which was what I tried to work on in my next speech.
In my second speech I tried to make my thesis very clear. I also attempted to make there be obvious and smooth transitions before and after my oral interpretation. In this speech I practiced my pronunciation of words a lot because I knew I did not want to sound mumbly. I need to continue to work on my pauses and enunciation. Another thing I need to work on is not ending my sentences with a softer tone. I do think I did a lot better in controlling my movements in this speech. I’m going to try to move around even less. I think I could have been a little bit louder.
I have just started taking a Public Speaking class and by the end of the tenth week I would like to become a more comfortable speaker. I would also like to learn how to really engage my audience when I am informing them about things that may not pertain to them. My last goal would be that I want to be more precise and clear with what I am saying so that my audience can really understand what I am trying to say.
I believe that if I can accomplish my goals by the end of the quarter then my future will really benefit. If I can learn how to find ways of making my audience interested with what I’m telling them then it will boost my confidence and decrease my nerves. With the new skills I want to achieve I know that they will help me become better at talking to important people like employers and professors. I think that if I can be more precise with my words I can really get my message across without having to explain what I mean multiple times. If I work hard and attain these objectives I think I have a chance of really opening my audience’s eyes.
I plan on achieving my goals by practicing my speeches a lot and in front of people before I actually give my speech in class. I will also try to be as well informed on my topics in order to feel more confident. I want to try different techniques to try to spark my audience’s interest in my speech. I will try to ask friends and my professor for feedback so that I can improve my speech arrangement and word choices.
Sources: Forbes: Six Ways to be an Amazing Public Speaker
Inc.: 20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best Ted Talks
Pick the Brain: 10 Ways to Conquer Fear of Public Speaking
Briantracy: 27 Useful Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
The Muse: How I Finally Got Over My Fear of Public Speaking
Hongkiat: How to Nail an Interesting Presentation
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