Days Made of Now

January 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

So, I presented my first speech in this class. I read the book “Little Boy” by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds. “Little Boy” is a very cute children’s story about what is important to little boys, with a deeper meaning about enjoying every day and letting kids be kids while they can. My favorite line from the book comes from the end; “Little boy, you remind me how so much depends on days made of now.” I didn’t really mind giving this speech, and I think overall it went pretty well, actually. I didn’t get really nervous or mess up, so that was good. Another thing I liked about it was that I seemed to keep a slow, steady pace, rather than racing through like I usually do. Which isn’t to say that I don’t have any areas that I need to improve on!

The number one suggestion on the evaluation sheets I got was to speak a little louder. In the future I’ll have to practice and find a good balance where I’m not yelling at the audience in the front, but the people in the back can still hear me. Another thing I need to work on is putting a little enthusiasm and personal flare into my words. I think this might be a problem for me, but maybe when the words I’m saying are my own, and not a book, I’ll be able to do this. I personally believe that I need to work on eye contact with my audience. In the past (not in this class) this has been a challenge for me, so I’ll try to work on that as well.

All in all, the reading was pretty enjoyable, and a good learning experience. Hopefully I can keep it up and present the rest of my speeches with as much positive feedback that I got this time around!

– Natasha

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Entry filed under: Public Reading, public speaking, Public Speaking Delivery, Public Speaking Tips, Reflecting on Experience, storytelling, Uncategorized.

My First Speech! Speech Number 1

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