Overall, I feel like a more confident and prepared public speaker. Throughout the quarter, I have improved on eliminating filler words that disrupt the flow of my speeches. I feel less nervous in front of my classmates, now that I know they are all supportive and just want me to be my best self. Before every speech, I have tried to sit confidently at my desk, and it has definitely worked, as my classmates have told me I speak confidently and don’t look nervous.
I am grateful for this experience to build upon my public speaking skills, because I will most likely have to pitch a story idea, conduct interviews, and speak to the public in my future journalist position.
I was pleased to be able to choose my own topics to speak about because I was able to speak with passion about topics that affect me personally. I would definitely keep that freedom within the class for future students. I enjoyed the first two speech rounds because they allowed me to get to know my classmates on a more personal level compared to the third round options. Maybe add a more personal type of speech to the third round next year?
In conclusion, the life philosophy speeches were my favorite, and I enjoyed listening to all of them. It was a great way to wrap up the year. Thank you for a great quarter, Professor Truch. I really improved as a speaker, and grew as an individual.
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I feel like I had good pacing, as I spoke at a rate everyone could understand me at. My voice was loud enough and clear, allowing my argument to be heard. I thought I made eye contact, but it could’ve been better.
I felt as though I wove my sources into my speech in an effective way, making my argument stronger as a whole.
I kept the information concise and effective, making my argument more persuasive.
I could have worked on not repeating information as much, and explaining my slides in further detail.
Reflecting on this speech round, I improved upon using visual aids, eye contact, and speaking more confidently.
In my first speech in this round, I noticed a few things I could do differently regarding visual aids for my second speech in this round. In my first speech, I didn’t have a clicker, which turned my attention to my laptop rather than making eye contact with my audience. However, in my next speech, I came prepared with a clicker to click through my slides. This allowed me to improve upon eye contact with my audience, which engages them more. I wasn’t as passionate about my first topic this round as I was about my second. Therefore, I feel as though I had an overall better presentation with my tea speech. Not only did I improve on small things, but my passion for the subject seemed to make my speech more compelling and informative. I noticed that with my tea speech, I did a better job at going into more detail on fewer topics; however, I need to add more personal anecdotes.
For the next round, I want to continue working on going into more detail with fewer points rather than briefly covering too many topics. In addition, I want to bring my personal experience into the speech more.
Reflecting on my first speech, I wanted to work on my eye contact and making my intro more conversational. I definitely improved my eye contact for my second speech and noticed it. It made me feel a lot more confident while speaking, and I felt like I was connecting with my audience on a deeper level. I also made my intro more conversational which felt more natural.
However, during my second speech I realized that I need to work on going into more detail on certain points rather than briefly speaking about too many topics.
Overall, I feel way more confident in front of an audience and I have mostly cut out all filler words during my speech. Therefore, I feel as though I am already improving on my public speaking skills.