That Wasn’t So Bad

April 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm 6 comments

Okay so I got my first speech out of the way. Was I nervous? Of course, but I just didn’t let myself think about it. And when I did all I had to do was just look everyone doing their speeches to realize that I wasn’t the only one that was nervous.

When I first walked up to the podium my heart was going a mile-a-minute. I knew right then that I had to get my breathing under control and calm myself down. While Pam was nice enough to give me an introduction I was practicing a breathing exercise they taught me in anger-management(not that I’m an angry person or anything). Deep breaths through the nose, exhale out the mouth. By the time Pam had finished I had my composure back and was breathing normally.

“The Whiskey Speech” was a great find for me. It had just the right mix of seriousness and humor.  I could put myself in the role of the actual speaker and feel, I believe, the way that he must have felt the day the speech had originally been given. The speech demanded presence and a powerful voice, both of which I tried my hardest to deliver. I reminded myself to pace myself and not get into a hurry, adding pauses where they seemed most effective. I made sure to get as eye-contact as i could while still being able to read from the manuscript.

Seemed in no time my speech was over. I got a good ovation and I think even surprised a few people. I think that doing a reading like this is good preparation for our upcoming speeches. I just hope that I can do as good on the next as I did on the last.

By Mark Short

Entry filed under: By Mark, confidence & public speaking, Experience & public speaking, Fear & public speaking, Public Reading, public speaking, Public Speaking Delivery, Public Speaking Evaluation, Public Speaking Tips, Reflecting on Experience.

Just a Few Thoughts Slow and Steady Wins The Race!

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gmeyer10  |  April 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Mark, I thought you did a great job. I really enjoyed your reading choice too! I liked that it was meaningful and not something you just settled for. I’m looking forward to your future speeches. –Gideon

  • 2. shayla011  |  April 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Mark, you did an awesome job giving your speech! The article was very interesting and touching. You spoke as if you have spoken in front of a crowd dozens of times. Keep the good speeches coming!

  • 3. Pamela B.  |  April 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Mark, I really enjoyed your speech. Your pacing and pauses were just how they should have been. Great Job!


  • 4. Andy  |  April 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Mark I will honestly say your reading surprised me. I really enjoyed listening to you speak. You have a great tone and really brought your words to life. I look forward to your informative speech.

  • 5. rbeasley02  |  April 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Mark, you did great! I didnt notice that you were nervous at all and doign a breathing exercise. Your topic was awesome. Keep it up!

  • 6. boon9492  |  April 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Mark, you did very well. Your voice volume and eye contact was perfect. And the speech was interesting. Thanks for sharing.


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