Friday, October 16, 2015

Speech II

For my second speech the things I had to do to prepare was, getting information from my town, learning how to use a prompter and learn how to write a formal speech.
When we first got our topic for the type of speech we had to do I was kind of at a blank for what to do it on. I was thinking of budgets and parks but those didn't really appeal to me as something I would truly be interested in. When I was on Facebook I came across yet another Sachem East Student who passed away from a Heroin overdose. It struck me then that I should do my speech on that on-going problem that is so close to me.
When I finished writing my speech, which didn't take to long because I was emotionally connected to it, I had to learn how to do it on the prompter. This was not very easy for me. I already have a difficult time making eye-contact to people while I am up there so I knew that reading my speech word-for-word off a computer that was placed in a difficult spot would throw me off a little bit. After I did my speech I was kind of confident. I felt that I sounded better and went slower in pace once I got up there. I had some trouble with the prompter, but it didn't really effect my nervousness as I kept going.
 Once I got my evaluations back I was kind of disappointed, I knew that I didn't make eye contact or engage with the audience as much as I should've but I did feel like my speech meant something to me. I think that one of the evaluations I got from one of my classmates was kind of mean and made me loose confidence rather than guide me in a positive way. Ignoring that one, the others evaluations I got made me realize the things I really need to work on and try to get past my anxiety so I can demonstrate myself as a "natural" speech-giver.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Speech I

The first speech that I gave to the class was on my hometown. To prepare for this speech I had to think about the most predominate places that stuck out to me in my town. Of course to do so I thought of the places that I go on a daily bases or on several occasions.
One thing that I did do was assume that my classmates remembered what was said in Samantha's speech, being that she was from the same hometown as me. I realized after I did my speech that there could've been people that weren't in class the day that she presented, or people that did not remember the topics she discussed in her presentation.
Seeing the comments and evaluations on my speech from my teacher and my peers, I realized that there were a few things I was doing subconsciously that effected my speech. I know now that when I get nervous and give my speech I tend to speak a lot faster than I normally would. Of course I see that when I do so, its hard for the people listening to retain the information I was giving to them about my town.
I only received two evaluations back from my class, but the two evaluations were a little different. Although one of them stated that I spoke slow and precisely, the other evaluation said that I spoke very quick and that I need to make more eye contact. Both evaluations were very helpful to me. It made me realize that I need to work on a few things, although, my speech was good and informative which gave me confidence on my next speech.
For the next speech I had, which I just did today, I feel that I fixed some of the things that were commented on. I do struggle with anxiety so it was definitely hard for me to work with the prompter and make eye contact at the same time. Although, I was proud of myself for facing my fears and speaking slower and with more confidence (at least in my head I thought I did!)