Reflecting upon the two speeches above, I anticipate that my Persuasive Topic Speech had a higher quality than the other. The major reason for this choice is the fact that we had numerous time to prepare for our final Persuasive Topic Speech, whereas we had to pick a topic at the place and had only 30 seconds to prepare for our impromptu speech. Another reason is that I have learned my mistakes beforehand, which made me deliver my speech better.
For instance, the modulation of the speech. In my persuasive speech about tax increase, my voice was quite projected that even I can hear what I was saying. My low pitch with a slower pace than my usual speaking suited the topic which was a serious one. By pausing my speech occasionally made the topic serious furthermore. I have emphasized some places, especially in the conclusion where I share my ideas, to convince moreover.
My body posture during this speech was moderate, meaning that my posture was better than my impromptu speech but required more improvement. On the other hand, my gestures using my hands were quite effective than I thought of due to the fact that it expresses the sign of me emphasizing my parts. I don’t think that I didn’t have that much facial expression than what I had thought of. Since my speech was quite serious, maybe I could only show my serious face.
My content was well structured with detailed information that lasted within the time that Mr.Meiklejohn had set. My speech started out with a question instead of a boring “Today I am going to talk about,” and included 3 body parts with detailed points. I also included a point from other perspective. In my case, I added a part that we cannot easily avoid the tax increase.
I should improve on my volume, emphasis, inflection and facial expression. In the video, my volume was too soft. I also believe that I didn’t emphasized that much in my body parts, and inflected on several words.
Here is a student in my class’ speech that was the most persuasive one in my opinion:
This speech was quite captivating. Despite his soft volume, his voice was projected and has inflected important words/phrases in his speech. He also had a great speech structure; a unique introduction, interesting body parts and a conclusion with a ending involving us to think about it. He also had a good posture that his voice will project well.