We Speak

January 12, 2011 at 10:32 am 2 comments

One thing I’ve noticed in all of our assigned reading is the idea of repetition.  By that, I don’t mean that our speech book is repeating the ideas over and over.  What I mean is, repetition seems to be very important in good public speaking.  Our book says ‘You may not be a natural at it, but you can practice!!’  For example:

  • You rehearse your speech
  • You practice being a better listener
  • You test out your speaking voice
  • You remind yourself there is nothing to be afraid of
  • You repeatedly try new ways to be a better speaker

At face value, this seems like it could be a lot of work just to give a good speech.  But when you think about it, it’s really no more work than would normally go into writing a research paper, or making a power point for any other class.

The only difference is that in those classes, you work on the designated topic.  In this class, you work on yourself.

And that’s where it gets tricky.

We can practice all we want at home, write out the most amazing cue cards, and even do a run through in front of a mirror, but you’ll never know the actual outcome until that day.  You don’t know until you’re up there, standing in front of a group of people, delivering your speech word by word, and trying to have it flow the same way that you practiced.  Whether you accidentally stutter, mumble, or forget an entire paragraph is up to fate I guess.  Because, like the book said, our brains run faster than our mouths.  So your brain might be on target, while your mouth just isn’t.

I’m not saying any of this to scare you.  That’s just the way it is.  From what I’ve learned, to be a good public speaker you need some persistent effort; you have to continuously work on improving yourself.  Every one of us will go up there and try our best.  Some of us will wind up giving great speeches, and some may not.  But, none of them will be perfect, and that fact alone is comforting to me.  Because when it’s me standing up there, I know I’ll be scared.  But as long as we all do our job, be supportive no matter the outcome, then I think we can all be a little less nervous.


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  • 1. chal6347  |  January 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Hey Tasha! I really like the point that Speech is meant to help you develop yourself. That, I think, is so true. It’s also true that you will never always get a speech perfect. I think the book even mentions that you shouldn’t expect perfection, but to learn to work with it. Everyone makes mistakes, but they are just a way to get better. 🙂 Great points!
    Carrie Chalker

    • 2. natasha  |  January 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks for the support! And yeah, I do think the book mentions that. We all realize it, but it’s still a good thing to point out; I think it takes some of the pressure off when you know that your speech isn’t going to be held up to such high standards.


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