I’ve been trying repeatedly to upload my second speech to youtube, but it keeps failing. I recently got a new camera and noticed that the file size of the video was quite big, 600MB, so that’s probably why it isn’t working.
But my second speech went well! It was about careers and how I, like Sean Aiken from The One-Week Job Project, think it’s ok to not know what you want to do, as long as you are proactive about your search. My personal goals that I focused on were slowing down and speaking up, which I did both of. My evaluator Marcy still suggested slowing down even more, so that is something I can continue to work on. I did concentrate on adding several pauses to my speech though. Carol complimented me for pausing in just the right places and asked if I had had public speaking training before. She said she was especially impressed with how I am beginning to take charge of the room when giving a speech.
On the night of the speech, I wasn’t that nervous. I think it was because I was so tired. After school I came home and crashed on my bed and tried to rest before Toastmasters. I was completely exhausted because I hadn’t been getting much sleep and the first few days of college were wearing me out.
I did forget a few things during my real presentation and had to refer to my note card near the end. I tried to do a little bit of walking while up there and made sure to smile when I could.
After I gave my speech everyone excitedly started sharing college and career stories. There were a lot of funny tales that had us laughing and I thought it was really neat to hear about all their different paths. Katherine told me I am a very natural speaker and am lovely to listen to.
For my evaluation Marcy started off by saying that she thinks my strongest speaking quality that showed in the first speech as well as the second is the honesty I bring to my speeches. She said I was honest about not knowing what I want to do and wasn’t afraid to say it. I really connect with the audience. The goal of the second speech was organization, and she said I did that very well with my three points. The opening captured their attention and the closing was strong too. The ending personally connected with her in that she’s not quite sure what she wants to do and my reassurances about that comforted her as well.
And at the end when Houston was giving the master evaluation and spoke of me, she said “We value how you speak to us as peers. You don’t treat us like we’re older. And as a smart young woman we appreciate that you don’t talk down to us.” The last part made us all laugh and she said “you know what I mean!”
The second speech was a hit and I’ll have to think of what I want to do for the third one soon!