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Speech #4 Blog

Monday, April 20th, 2009

I felt that this was my best speech that I have done up to this point in the class.  I had no anxiety during this speech before, during, or after.  I felt like I was very thorough during my demonstration and was able to explain the painting process in a good way.  I felt like my visuals helped aid me in my presentation, they allowed me to better explain the different steps in the painting process.  I also feel like I was able to get the audience involved by asking them a few questions and picking a volunteer to demonstrate how to hold a paint brush properly. 

Even though this was my last speech as for the class, I do think their is always room for improvement.  I feel like I used the things like “um” and “like” a lot.  This is a bad habit for me when I am talking in front of people.  I have a few presentations left this semester in other classes and I plan to try and improve myself through them.  I will take the feedback from the class as well as my professor and try to work on those areas during my next two presentations in those other classes. 

I did feel that this experience with this speech was an overall good one.  I felt confident and felt like I was able to connect with the audience more than any of my other speeches.  I think that each one of my speeches have improved a lot as this semester has progressed.  I can think back to the first one and realize how much this class has helped me.  I would recommend this class to anyone who gets nervous talking in front of large groups of people.

Speech #3 Blog

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Overall, I thought this speech went much better than our last one did.  I personally feel that my speaking skills have improved much better since the beginning of the semester.  I was extremely nervous during my first speech this semester.  I did not feel nervous at all during this speech #3 last Wednesday when we presented.  I feel I have progressed a little each time I had to speak in front of the class.  I felt that my individual strength as the speaker was that I was able to connect with the audience better than I did on the last speech.  I seemed to keep everyones’ attention when I was giving my part of the presentation. 

We presented very well as a team, and especially compared to last time.  Our last speech was a disaster because we went way under on the time.  One thing we did well as a team, is that we practiced our presentation before we actually gave it in class.  We all individually practiced our sections before we met up and practiced together.  This ensured we would hit the time limit and let the entire presentation flow better.

One of the areas I can personally improve myself on for the next speech, is I can try to put less information on my note cards.  I feel that I put too much information on my note cards this past time, so I kept glancing down at them a little too much.  As a team I think we could have improved a little.  We did not finish everything we wanted to because we started to run over on time.  We could have made it a little shorter.  As a group, we feel that this speech was a success because we all played our part very well, especially compared to the last speech.

Presentation #2- Organizing the Body

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I felt that my speaking skills have impoved a lot since my last speech.  For as short as my section was, I felt like I made good hand gestures and eye contact.  I think our team did a good job presenting under the circumstances.  We did not all have a chance to meet up together and go through everything before class.  We divided all of the sections up right before class when we started our speech.  I feel that we had a good visual aid to hand out to the entire class.  We printed off a copy of the powerpoint so everyone in the class could follow along and take notes to help them for the future.

I felt that it was easier presenting with my group then it was when I presented by myself.  This way the spot light was not on me the entire time.  We could collaborate as a group and help each other out to make the speech flow to the audience better.  One thing I could do better next time, is to have my section prepared better.  If I had my section totally prepared, I would not have had to look down at my notes at all.  I believe that speeches are more powerful to the audience when you do not have to use the notecards during a presentation.

I think there are some areas that are team can improve on before next presentation.  I think it would be a great idea if we did not meet at the last minutes like we did this time.  If someone could not make it, we could just reschedule to meet up again at another time.  I also think it would be a great idea if we had our entire outline and presentation structured at least one week before we actually give our speeach #3.  This would give us the entire last week to practice and make sure we do an excellent job conveying to the audience.  We will also make sure that we hit the time limit, unlike this time.

Even though the speech did not go exactly the way I wanted it to, I did have a great overall experience during this speech.  I was amazed that I could actually talk in front of people with out getting nervous.  I was not worried about what other people thought at all.  I am amazed that I can actually talk in front of a group of people with my voice cracking.  My first speech made me a little nervous and my voice cracked some at the beginning.  I feel that this class is really helping me become a better public speaker and I am glad I signed up for it.  I have no doubt that I will improve myself further in speach #3.

Introduction Speech 1

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

So, I am glad I finally am done with my speech.  I tend to get very nervous right before I talk in front of a group of people.  When I first started my speech tonight I felt very nervous, My voice started to crack, my hands started shaking, and my heart started beating rapidly. 

I feel like I was over thinking how I was doing to much instead of just giving my speech.  Eventually, I started to feel more confident and just went ahead and finished my speech and was able to relax more.  The reason I am taking this class is to feel more confident talking in front of groups of people.  I think I am one step closer, however I still need a lot more practice.


Monday, January 26th, 2009

I think that ethics is very important when it comes to giving and listening to people give speeches.  Even though most of it was common sense, it was important for me to hear some things that I have never thought of before.  I personally knew how to have ethics when giving a speech, however there were some things I was not sure about when listening to other people.  I believe that both are equally important.


Friday, January 16th, 2009

My name is Justin Evers and I am in my senior year at Bowling Green State University, origonally from Celina, Ohio.  My major is Supply Chain Management and I will graduate May 09, 2009.  I took last semester off to do a 7 month Coop with Goodrich Corporation in Troy, Ohio.  I was recently offered a full time position in the Supply Chain Leadership Program, which is three, Eight month rotations at 3 different Goodrich locations around the country.  The reason I am taking this class is to build my self confidence and to become a more effective public speaker as I start my career.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

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