Phew!…..Wait, that wasn’t so bad.

May 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm 3 comments

OK, so Tuesday’s speech went so much better than I had thought! I was sick to my stomach after waking up that morning. I thought,  “I gotta put this off, I gotta put this off.” I felt so unprepared and was sure I would make a complete fool of myself once I was up there. Yeah my topic was on Star Wars and Star Wars was something I’ve grown up with my whole life. I know it inside and out (basically).

One of my first fears before organizing my speech was that I would go over people’s heads. I was afraid the topic would go over heads and come across as totally geeky. If it hadn’t been for my meeting with Mrs. Basford the Tuesday prior, then I know I would’ve gone over some heads. She pointed out that what I had planned would go over someone’s head if they had never seen a Star Wars movie before.

So I went home that day and considered how to deliver it in a way that would explain the core of star wars and just leave out all the technical talk. I believe that the speech went well and I’m pretty sure it didn’t go over anyone’s head. Once I got up there I was still very nervous, but it turned out that I actually enjoyed talking to my fellow classmates. I enjoyed looking them in the eyes and informing them on a topic that I found fascinating. I can’t speak for them and say they enjoyed it as much as I did. I did get  positive responsive  from the feedback slips and those are the best encouragements!

Looking back now, if I could change anything I did, I would change all the worry and stress I had before giving the speech. I don’t know if I’ve found my voice yet, but I think I’m getting close!

Gideon Meyer


Entry filed under: By Gideon, Fear & public speaking, informative speech, public speaking, Public Speaking Evaluation, Reflecting on Experience, Speech Topics, Uncategorized.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. zieg7785  |  May 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I loved your speech and you did a good job. Though, I personally do not care for Star Wars, you made me understand why people love the movies. And yes over the weekend I did watch one, so your speech was successful.


    • 2. gmeyer10  |  May 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Hannah! Which episode was it?

  • 3. moroni15  |  May 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Gideon, I think you are finding your voice, you came across very confident and calm with your star wars speech. You said you were very nervous, but you hide it well and I think that is a key to being a good public speaker. I believe everyone is nervous, but those who are able to perform as though they are’nt make the best speakers. Keep up the good work.


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