October 27, 2004

Two down, two to go...

OK, I practiced my speech last night, leaving my basket unfinished and Han Solo encased in carbonite......I was, once again, very nervous. My stomach was in knots and I was shaking but I got it overwith. My subject matter was wonderful.....chocolate and it's many health benefits.....but my delivery was sorely lacking. I clung to the podium and, I think, at times I was actually moving it around in front of me. I know I was doing some wiggy things with my foot, and I'm almost afraid to look at the video lest I see how horrible it actually was. Oh, well......it's over and done with. I think I need to run a couple of miles before doing these things in order to work off all the nervous energy beforehand. Any advice from those of you who are exemplary public speakers?????

Posted by lsegolf at October 27, 2004 09:48 AM

you were watching star wars?? again???
that probably had something to do with the wiggy foot thing...

Posted by: gwen at October 27, 2004 12:28 PM

I'm not the most well know public speaker but several things have come up that I've noticed.. CONFIDENCE Confidence confidence. or sometimes they can go in the reverse order. It totally depends upon the situation. I find that when you totally inflate your ego before you speak, and you realize that you are in control and they all have to listen to YOU, that it really helps me to get over almost all nervousness. (Or how ever that is spelled) You can alos imagine yourself as your favorite speaker.. that can backfire though because you may find youself loving Ohio State and saying things like "Why don't you get a big black marker and a plain white t-shirt and write on it 'I don't read my Bible!'" (Dr. Mazack) or something like "BE heALDddd..." (Benny Hin) but it's helped me in the past. :)


Posted by: ethan the public adresse at October 27, 2004 04:28 PM

well, i don't know if I'm a good public speaker, but i do have a few things that help me. I like to do a lot of vocal warm ups and tense up all my muscles and release a few times, that loosens everything up and I find that it is more easy to gesture naturally instead of that half-hearted twitchy thing that hapens from time to time.

Posted by: timf at October 31, 2004 12:27 AM

My suggestion - pray. I do it every time! When I entrust my words and actions to the Lord and rely on His strengh I just don't get as nervous. : )

Posted by: Mandy at November 4, 2004 12:47 PM

Thanks for all your helpful comments. The next speech is the persuasive one. I'm still trying to decide what my topic will be. I didn't like writing the persuasive paper in English and I don't know that I'll like this speech much better, but I am determined to finish this course regardless of how many nerves end up frayed when it's over.

Posted by: eMom at November 4, 2004 01:15 PM
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