Friday, December 18, 2015

Inspirational Speech

Write one well-written and thought-out paragraph. Use complete sentences and correct grammar. Upperclass students should be writing paragraphs with compound and complex sentences that are a minimum of six sentences long. 

You may comment on the following aspects as well: 
  1. Was the class inspired? How could you have been more inspirational?
  2. Eye Contact
  3. Nervousness
  4. Audience Feedback
  5. Preparation--did you practice enough? Too much?
  6. Speaking rate (too fast? too slow? too many pauses?)
  7. Gestures (Did you do any?)
  8. Poise and Presence 
  9. Organization
  10. Facial Expressions 
  11. Dressed and Groomed?
  12. Did you like your outline, notes or manuscript technique?

In addition, leave feedback for at least two students. Feedback should be specific and original

85 comments:

  1. David's Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oha6JlOcMS0

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  2. Okay for this speech I thought I did okay. I managed to get a gesture if you saw that. I did dress up as Mr. Rogers and it was fun to rewatch some old episodes of the show while I wrote the speech and ate cereal. I did not look at the class which I will try to do the next speech. Overall everything I looked up about Mr. Rogers was awesome. He defined funding of public broadcasting for Tv shows that had educational purposes and even went the lengths of improving the quality of life for both adolescents to adults alike.

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    1. David, your speech brought back a ton of childhood nostalgia which means I automatically loved it. I like how you dressed as Mr Rogers, added a bit of interest to your topic. Your eye contact suffered but your speaking rate and volume were awesome, you spoke very slowly and clearly and varied your tone quite a bit. I think this was one of your stronger speeches, as always, you don't disappoint.

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    2. I thought your speech was pretty awesome and I think that it shows how the most important life lessons are easy to understand and can be taught at a young age. I thought it was great that you dressed up as Mr. Rogers that guy is the best.

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    3. David I really like all your speeches but this one of yours I could really connect to. I think it was great that you brought back Mr. Rogers. We all grew up with him obviously so you had most of if not everyone connected to your speech. I feel you did a good job.

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    4. David I liked your speech although I never watched Mr. Rodgers as a kid I still felt like I could connect to it and I thought you did that well. Like all of your speeches your word choice was great but your eye contact was not that great because you read your manuscript for most of the speech

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    5. David I loved your speech. You did a great job! You dressed up as Mr. Rogers, and used things he used to say. It brought back childhood memories I had as a little kid watching Mr. Rogers. Your pace, volume and choice of words was great. I'm always amused by the words you use because they are astounding. You did amazing, nice job!

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    6. I think your speech is very interesting. You make good connection to the audiences. It gave me a lesson. This is a good topic. A child's kindness just inspired me. Good job

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    7. David, I personally thought this was your best speech. Mr. Rodgers was a major part of my life when I was growing up as was he for many of us I hope. You really had a great emphasis on your pauses and you stressed how much he meant to you. Our eye contact did struggle a little but as usual you really pulled through on the wording that you used to make up for your lack of eye contact. Your overall topic was really great and truly inspiring. The personal story was a nice touch as well. Overall really nice job on this speech. You will go far. Just LOOK UP! :-)

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  3. defended* - last sentence.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZI7B2HSIe8 - its such a good feeling
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQmoGB0mQsQ- intro
    This may be lame to you but Mr. Rogers is amazing to me.

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  4. I thought this speech went well. I know my eye contact suffered but I found it easier to remain calm and for my voice not to shake. I liked using the manuscript it helped though I wish I would have practiced gestures or wrote them in to make it more engaging. Wasn't my favorite thing to talk about as I felt like I was lecturing rather than inspiring. I did like my intro about the house and hope it connected with you all as well. Overall I thought this speech was just okay but do think I have come a long way since the beginning of the year.

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    1. Alex I really liked your speech! I thought your intro was very engaging. I really enjoyed the candle example. I thought your eye contact was well maintained as well. Overall you did well!

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    2. Alex, I thought your speech was good. You seemed like you memorized your speech because it seemed like you made good eye contact. Also it seemed like you were very confident while you were delivering your speech which is always a good thing. Overall I thought you had another great speech.

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    3. Alex I really like your speeches. You always come up and give a good speech and it's fun to listen to. You do a great job knowing your speech and having hand gestures and eye contact. I think it's all there. Nice job.

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    4. Alex, this was one of your best speeches in my opinion. I did not hear your voice shake at all. I really enjoyed your intro and it definitely tied your whole speech together. Your topic was really good and you taught a good lesson.

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    5. I really enjoyed your speech. You made a basic topic inspirational. You were also very creative with your introduction. You presented yourself and the whole speech very well.

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    6. Alex I enjoyed this speech and I've noticed that you have come a long way since our first speech. At first your voice was shaky but on this speech I did not notice it at all. You seemed very poised and confident. One of the only things to work on is the eye contact.

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    7. Alex, I really enjoyed your speech. you had a great pace and your voice was not shaky. You had good eye contact. you have improved a lot since the beginning of the year, Great job! Also you had great poise and confidence! nice job, this was a great way to end the semester!

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    8. I really liked your speech. In the beginning, I was a little confused on what your speech as going to be about, but as you spoke, it made way more sense. It was very clear that you practiced a lot for this speech because your pace was great along with your eye contact. You really approached the podium with confidence this time and it was great to see how you improved this semester. Great job!

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  5. This speech was not my favorite speech. I decided to do a partially memorized speech so that I could make maximum eye contact which was nice. The only problem with it was that I had a quote planned out for the beginning of my speech but in the fun of showing an example of trust, I completely forgot to use it. There were a few other things that that I missed, small things, that I wanted to say. Towards the end I realized that I forgot those things, most importantly the quote, I tried to jam it all into the conclusion which I personally thought fell apart. The final thing that I wanted to say before I walked off was the quote about putting your trust in others from Ernest Hemingway but I felt like I needed to explain it for some reason. I felt like I was scrambling to find the words that would wrap up what I was trying to say nicely rather than abruptly. Everything went well when I was practicing but I think I panicked at the end and lost a lot of what I was building up to. I decided that I didn't want to have another generic speech that had one format, I wanted to go out with a bang and that's why I decided to involve the audience. When I asked for two volunteers I was honestly expecting to have to pick two people to come up but when I asked about 6 of you did a half stand as if you were ready to get out of your desk, I wasn't expecting that. Overall I think I liked the different format that I tried, it worked well involving the audience and I received more participation than I was expecting. I could start to see towards the end of my speech when I was rambling on and was losing the class's attention so I decided on the spot to just stop which was clearly not the greatest ending. I just wish I hadn't gone back to try and cover what I missed and just ended with the quote like I had practiced. Special thanks to Sam and Vincent by the way for stepping up and volunteering.

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    1. Bryan, as much as it sounds like you didn't enjoy this speech, I thought it was very interesting. Making the audience participate was a really strong point in this, it made me pay a lot closer attention than somebody just standing up there talking. The eye contact was great and it's impressive that you managed to memorize a lot of that. You were smiling and had great facial expression most of the time, I couldn't tell you were nervous at all. Your conclusion did seem a bit scattered and frayed, but the main message still showed through. I agree on how we all need to trust each other more, and I never really realized previously how much I do trust things on a daily basis, such as my car starting, or being safe at home, etc. My only small criticism was the unorganized ending, but the rest of it was fantastic!

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    2. I really liked how you had a lot of audience participation and you moved around a lot. You sounded like you knew everything you were gonna say even when you were reading off the paper. You had a very good pace and good use of pauses. You also had really good stuff to back up your topic. Great job!!

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    3. Even though you said you fumbled during your speech it was really hard to tell with us. I think no matter how bad you thought it was it is still really good to try new styles and ways of doing things. You brought in a whole new way of giving a speech to our class and I thought it was pretty great.

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    4. Bryan, I really liked your speech this time around. I liked how you changed up the style of your speech and used some other classmates. I think when you did that it got some of our attentions and really got used to pay good attention to what you had to say. You seemed very confident on your speech as well. Overall you had a very good speech.

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    5. Your speech really made me second guess myself on how I view trust and how much have I actually been showing it. You made a lot of good points, especially when you said how much better the world would be if one person trusted another and then that got spread on. Like you said, we never really think how much trust we have already, like me going on the bus on the morning and putting my trust in the driver that he will not only take me to my destination but take me their safely. Overall, you were super confident and had good volume and pace, nice job!

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    6. Bryan, I thought your speech was excellent. It was nice to see someone moving around up front versus just standing at the podium and reading off a manuscript. I could not tell at all that you had messed up or that you were trying to jam things into your conclusion. Your topic was very relevant and you portrayed it in a fantastic way. You had a good vocal volume and gestures and did not seem nervous at all.

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    7. Brian I liked your speech and I really also liked your topic. I also enjoyed being part of your speech for the trust fall. I liked that you interacted with the audience to connect with them. If I was not interacted with I don't think that I would have paid as much attention as I did. Also, great eye contact I liked that you did not read a manuscript the entire time.

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    8. I thought your speech was very well done, Bryan. I liked how you took volunteers to demonstrate the trust fall. I liked how you sort of moved around the room versus standing in one spot behind the podium. Your eye contact great and you also seemed like you were very confident in your topic.

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    9. Bryan I absolutely loved this speech. I still think about your speech and the meaning of your speech. Having Sam and Vince do the trust fall was a great way to connect to the audience! Moving around the room was also a great addition to your speech it kept me following along and tuned in rather than just standing there. You were very poised,calm, collected, and lastly had your script memorized which was great for your speech. Your speech idea was a great choice even though it seemed you didn't like it very much. Overall you did an outstanding job!

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    10. Your speech went very well. Your action that memorizing the speech motivated me. Even though you forget your first sentence, you also get good connection with audience. You deliver emotion to audience which is very good. Great eye contact.

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  6. Out of all the speeches we've had this semester, I loved working on this one the most. Hearing everybody's messages is great and everybody has done a fantastic job. While working on this speech, I took the most time and effort and thought compared to the earlier ones. I made decent eye contact but I wish I had used more of the gestures I had written into my manuscript. I thought I used my Powerpoint minimally enough that it wasn't a huge distraction from what I was talking about. For this speech I really tried hard to maintain a louder volume and a slower pace, not sure how everybody else heard it but I believe I did a pretty good job of that, knowing I've struggled with talking too fast in the past. I felt very calm and collected the entire speech, even when sharing personal stories. Overall I think this went very smoothly and if I had to redo it again I don't think I would change anything about it!

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    1. I really enjoyed your speech! You seem so calm up there and you go at a really good pace. Your wording makes your speech very interesting which really makes me listen. Your power point was definitely not a distraction and I thought it was nice to add that to your speech! It was a very well written speech, good job!!

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    2. I loved your speech. You made it personal and that always draws the audience in . You were also very confident and had great eye contact.

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    3. I really enjoyed this speech, especially the personal story made your speech very meaningful and you looked very confident and in control at the podium.

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    4. I think you did good job on your speech. Your speaking rate is good. You also have some eye contact.Besides you looks very calm. You story inspired me a lot. Good job

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    5. Kendra, your topic was truly inspiring. You did a great job on this one. You looked like you practiced this speech a lot and were prepared to use your visual aid. Your eye contact was pretty good but compared to your first speech, it was amazing. During this speech you were a lot easier to hear and you were louder which was nice. You also slowed down at some points which made it easier to understand you and let things sink in. Overall you did a great job, you didn't freak out at all and your visual aid really brought a lot to the table. Great improvement from your first speech. Nice job this year and good luck from now on.

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  7. I really enjoyed this speech a lot! I changed my topic a few days before giving my speech because I really was not sure if my original topic would be inspirational enough. I did go online and look at Inspirational speech topics as now I was uncertain of what I should do. I found it very easy to write about negatives and how to stay positive through them all. I only practiced twice, but I did change things up more than once. I thought I started my speech at a good pace with good eye contact. I really did not mean to start crying towards the end of my speech. It was just kinda emotional for me to talk about everything that happened... especially in front of all my other classmates. I felt I lost eye contact and a good tone after that. Overall I am glad we ended on this speech as this one has become my favorite speech next to my minute of fame speech.

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    1. I really enjoyed your speech Sarah, I think it was very relatable and easy to connect to for the audience. I agree that staying positive is something everybody should do, and nobody should compare themselves to people on TV or in magazines. Even though you got emotional towards the end, I think that only showed that you were really connected with your topic and had invested time and thought into writing it. It's not easy to share things like that with a class of people, so good job on that. Your eye contact was decent in the beginning, it was obvious you had read it through a couple of times. This was a strong speech to end on for you, good job!

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    2. Sarah I thought your speech was very well done. It takes a lot of courage to go up there and talk about what you did. You could tell you practiced as well. Overall I thought your speech was well done and it certainly got to me.

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    3. Sarah, your speech really hit me hard. What you talked about really inspired me and to talk about something like that really took a lot of confidence. I can't believe how calm and fluent you were to be able to talk about that. You did a really nice job and really completed the objective of inspiring in my opinion.

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    4. I thought your speech was fantastic Sarah. Even though you got emotional, I felt as if you held it together well. It showed how you truly felt deeply about your topic and it made a connection with the audience I feel. It was obvious to me that you had practiced and knew what you were going to say. This was one of my favorite speeches of yours!

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    5. Sarah, you did so well! I could not have been as brave as you to talk about what you did. Even though, you got emotional, you pushed through and still had an amazing speech . Great job!

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    6. Frankly speaking, your speech is one of my favorite. I think you really put effort. This speech encouraged me to look at things positively. You makes me feel so touched. Good job.

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    7. Sarah, your topic was a really good topic to have, I don't know what it was you changed it from but this one really came across well. You made pretty good eye contact and you made some nice gestures. You said that you didn't mean to start crying, but in the end I think it really pushed across your point and got us to pay more attention. Overall, you did a really nice job Sarah. You made a great improvement from the beginning of the semester.

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  8. Even though I was not super prepared for this speech, I thought it went pretty well. I feel like that's because it's one of the easier speeches to write. I thought my eye contact and adressing the audience went a lot better than my persuasive speech and it was easier to do so because it feels as if you're taking to people more personally. This was probably one of my favorite speeches and it was a good one to end on.

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    1. Zack this was probably my favorite out of all your speeches. I liked the powerpoint, it added enough interest but didn't distract from you talking, you kept your points up there simplified enough. Your eye contact very obviously improved from your previous speeches and you also threw in lots of gestures. I think you did a good job and this was by far one of your strongest speeches of the year.

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    2. Zack I really liked your speech. I was inspired by it, it made me realize how people think things are cool etc just to get better cred. You had a great presentation that was simple and easy to follow along to. You have improved so much over the semester. This speech was a great way to end the semester. Overall nice job.

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    3. Zack, I really like how you started out your speech by asking a question of us about the definition on cool. When you think about it, a lot of people say that they aren't being cool and that they are just being themselves when in reality, they might not even know who they really are on the inside. You did a great job at inspiring the class to take a second look at our own lives. Your eye contact was really good and you didn't stay behind the podium the whole time. You made lots of gestures and you made really good use of pauses. Overall really well done on this speech and overall this semester.

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    4. I think this was one of your best speeches, Zack. You spoke about an extremely relevant subject and it honestly made me think a lot about my definition of "cool". Your eye contact was great and you had some really good gestures. I'm sure I'm safe to say that this speech really made the whole class think about society and how they perceive "cool". Overall, really great job on this speech and this whole semester.

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  9. I felt that this speech was my most confident one. It was hard to actually inspire that audience, seeing that there wasn't really any common ground at all so there was no connection. I thought that the length of my speech was good, and that I talked more slowly and clearly than most of my other speeches. I think that the song that was added was a good "boost" to what I was saying so I think that helped a little. Overall I was glad that I got to show the bowling side of me and hopefully everybody learned something new in this speech.

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    1. I really liked this speech. I knew that you were a good bowler already. It was cool to hear you talk about how you would go to practice a lot and eventually you would get asked how to bowl properly by adults or bowlers with experience. It has to be cool when that happens. Nice job with your speech. I also liked that you had the song behind your voice to make things more dramatic.

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    2. Your speech was one of my favorite inspirational speeches. In the beginning your flow was very good and it was fun to listen to. Even though I rarely bowl, I was inspired to try to bowl more and to be better at it. Also, I really like how you said that whatever you do, do your best at it, I really liked that idea.

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    3. Vincent, you did a really good job on this speech. You slowed yourself down and let us all hear what you were saying. The slowed pace really allowed us to hear the full extent of your voice and understand more about what you were saying. Your topic was a little on the strange side for an inspirational speech but in the end you really hit a home run. The bible verse that you used was really well fit for the way you were going with your topic. When you asked me whether you should use music I thought the cost might outweigh the benefits a little but in the end it really did add a whole new touch to your speech. Really well done and way to go with your gut. Nice job this semester in speech.

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  10. Honestly I felt this speech was a bit rushed for me. I wanted to get it done before break so I felt it was not as good. I did like what I talked about though. I also do not think my speech was that engaging. I did not realize that this was my last speech and I felt I ended poorly. In the end I feel I could have done better and I wish I would've gotten better this semester than I feel I did

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  11. I really felt like this speech was very fast because I practiced it the night before and it took me about 5 minutes. When I read in class it took me a couple over 4 minutes. I felt very tired going into this speech because it was the day we got back from break and I didn't get great sleep that night either. I felt my confidence was still there, but I didn't look up to much because I felt like I would have lost my spot on my manuscript. Overall, I felt like this was a decent speech for me.

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    1. I thought that you did well on this speech. It was noticeable that you were a little tired but other than that it was good. I liked your personal story that you told, it somewhat connected with me but in a different sport, the only thing really is to have better eye contact.

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    2. Nate, I thought you did pretty good on your speech. I thought all the material you had in your speech was good and I also thought that you were pretty confident in what you wanted to talk about. However, I thought your eye contact wasn't too great.

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    3. I thought that your speech went well. It was clear that you didn't practice much, but it was still a great speech. Your topic was something that everyone could relate to. Your eye contact suffered a bit, but over all, your pace and pauses were great. It was great to see how much you've grown since the beginning of the semester. Great job on this speech!

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  12. I really liked this speech. It was an easy speech for me. I wasn't really nervous for it just because it was about something that I was confident in. I really didn't have to practice but did run through it once or twice. I felt that I had good confidence and poise but my eye contact could have been better. Otherwise, I felt really good on it.

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    1. I liked your speech. Going more in depth, I liked your intro the most. After first, I thought you were just taking to yourself. I was able to connect with you, because my dad says the same thing, for example after a golf shot or round. I thought your eye contact was good and you also seemed like you were very confident in what you wanted to talk about. Nice job.

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    2. Tyler, in the beginning of your speech, I was a little confused on what was going on, but as soon as you finished, it was apparent. It was really great how your intro was explained as your speech went on. Overall, your had great pace and definitely used your pauses well. Your eye contact could have used some work, though. Your speech was easily relatable and I really enjoyed it. Great job!

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  13. I though this speech went well for me. I did not have any issues with my topic or writing it. I was not nervous to give it either. I probably could have practiced more so I did not have to rely on my manuscript as much. Unfortunately my voice still shook when giving my speech even though I felt no nerves at all, but I am trying to fix it. Having to give it after break was not ideal because I forgot about it all together. Overall the speech went fine and I enjoyed listening to others.

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    1. Brooke, you did a really good job on this speech just like the ones in the past. You made great eye contact, you had really nice gestures, and you made good use of your pauses as well. Your topic was in depth but still was easy to understand. Overall I thought you did a great job inspiring the class. Well done this year.

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    2. I thought this speech was really great, Brooke. I know you always talk about horrible you are at speeches, but I think you have quite the gift for it and it was clear in this speech. Your eye contact and pace were both really great. I loved your topic and it really related with the audience. Very well done, Brooke. I was great to see your confidence grow over the whole semester and I hope you don't stop public speaking since you are so good at it! Great job.

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  14. I thought this was one of my better speeches. Once I settled on a topic, it was pretty easy to write and get my ideas down. I was not nervous at all because I was speaking about something that was very personal to me and important. Overall, I feel as though this speech went very well and I am pleased with how it played out.

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    1. I thought that your speech was outstanding. You shared something personal that I never knew about you, and you made a great connection with the class. I think that you had the best inspirational speech, you stayed calm and collected up there even though you told a story that was hard for you to tell.

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    2. I thought your speech was really good. Your very personal story made me feel and I'm sure the whole class feel moved and inspired. you had great eye contact and your had great poise telling a story about something that was hard for you. All around you are a great speaker and your inspirational speech was amazing. Nice job madeline.

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    3. Maddie, I thought this was a really great topic to use for an inspirational speech. You really hit home for me on some of the points that you had. The story you told was shocking to say the least and this needs to be stopped all over the world. Overall you made good eye contact and you used your pauses very well. Overall really well done on this speech and nice job overall this semester.

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    4. This was a really great speech. You worded everything so well and used powerful words to really get your points across. Honestly, the personal story that you used was extremely touching and it really pulled all of our attention in. It was very clear that you practiced and your pace was perfect. You used great pauses and you eye contact only got better as the speech went on. Great job!

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  15. I thought my inspirational speech was my best speech because it was something I'm actually passionate about. I think it made the class think which is always a good thing. I felt like my eye contact could have improved, but I feel most confident when I have a manuscript . I practiced about 5 times which was the magic number for me this whole semester. I also think my pace and poise was the best all year . Overall I think this was a great way to end the speech semester. -Krista Washechek

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    1. Krista! I loved your speech so much! Your topic was something that I feel very strongly about and all of your points were right on! The speech was very well written and very well spoken. Your pace was great and just your overall presence was commanding of our attention. Yes, your eye contact could have used some work, but over all this as a great speech. Great job this semester!

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  16. I thought that I did okay on this speech. I really wanted to finish with a very strong speech but getting back from the chicago field trip late caused me to just throw some things together really quickly. I ran through it once in my desk in class before I went and I thought that I did alright but my eye contact suffered quite a bit. Other than that I was very confident and poised.

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    1. Sam, despite finishing your speech on the way home from Chicago, you did a pretty good job. Although it was sort of visible that you hadn't really run through it, you still sightread it really well. You made pretty good eye contact but didn't have any gestures (hands were in your pockets). Overall, your topic was inspiring but you didn't elaborate as to why it was. Nice job otherwise this semester. Not a bad way to go out.

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    2. The use of quotes in your speech and the personal story really helped us relate to your topic. It was apparent that you didn't practice much, but it wasn't badly done. You spoke at a good pace and had some great eye contact. Your topic choice was easily relatable and it was a great way to end the semester. Since the beginning of the year to now, it was great to see that you started taking this class a little more seriously. Great job this semester.

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  17. I thought this speech went pretty good for me. I thought the start of my speech and my video were good. However, towards the end of my speech, I thought I didn't speak clear enough. I also thought that the quotes that I had used were very good and strong. Overall, I thought did okay on this speech and I didn't mind this speech to much.

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    1. I really like your video, that is so motivational. I think your voice and tone is more clear and paced this time. Although it was not perfect, but I can see many inspirational things from your speech. Good job

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    2. Dylan, I really liked your speech. Showing the video really helped get your point across and it stuck in my mind. You did a pretty good job at eye contact and your volume and pronunciation was really good until the end when it dropped a little bit but it was still understandable so we could still see where you were going with it. Overall, you did a great job on this speech and you really improved from your intro speech at the beginning of the year. Nice job.

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    3. I actually liked your speech a lot. You used pauses really well and has some really great eye contact. The use of the video was good since it helped bring your point across. You spoke at a good, easy pace and we could all understand you very well. It was great to see how far you've come this semester. Great job.

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  18. I thought this speech was the best speech I did. I felt confident in this speech. I really hope the class was inspired by my speech, as it was on prayer. My eye contact for this speech wasn't the greatest because I was reading from a script word for word. I feel as though i could've practiced just a little bit more, then it wouldn't have been as choppy. i did feel as if i rushed it a bit but yet went over time, I also did not have many gestures in this speech due to reading. Overall I thought this speech went well.

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    1. Hailey, you did a great job on this speech. You looked like you were commanding the army this time rather than taking your first steps. You didn't have much eye contact but in the end what you said made up for it. You used pauses really well and you didn't seem like you were rushing through it but it did seem a little fast. Overall, nice job on this speech, great way to end the semester.

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    2. I thought your speech was very well said. I noticed how you memorized some parts in your speech and that was really great. It ensured eye contact that was needed. You did speak a little fast, but near the end, you really slowed down and that was great. You have come really far this semester and it was great to see how much you've grown since your first speech! Great job.

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  19. I learned a lot from this speech. Everyone did very well. There are some words that I still could not pounce it right. I think the most things that I gained are not only the speech skills, but there are also many people's good speeches and stories that inspired me a lot. I got over the speech freight in this speech. I was not so in tense when I was making mistakes. Instead of I will get over it.

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  20. I thought this speech went really well for me. As always, I went with the manuscript method, but I wish I would have memorized at least some part of it just to make sure that eye contact was there the whole time. This was honestly one of my favorite speeches. Due to our ability to pick basically anything, I thought bullying would be a great topic. I really liked that I chose to make a bit of a rhyme scheme because I felt it made my words a bit more powerful. Overall, I do still need to work on better eye contact, but I thought this speech was one of my best ones!

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