In drama class, we did 2 speeches. The 1st one about our passion and we had to speak for 1 – 2 minutes. The 2nd one was about a given topic and we had a choice from: My Neighbourhood, The Best Day of My Life, Fashion, Holidays or Celebrities. We had to speak for 2 – 3 minutes for this speech.
This is my 1st speech about my passion:
In my 1st speech about Manga, I was able to introduce the topic without saying “today, I am going to talk about……” and in a interesting way. First, I talked about the basic facts about Manga such as what it basically is. Then, I briefly talked about the history and the beginning of Manga. Finally, I ended my speech by saying my personal opinions about it and why I it is my passion. I think my speech went well because I spoke with good pacing and pauses. But because I was very nervous, I didn’t have facial expressions and I never did hand gestures during the speech (I was most nervous in all speeches I did in my life).
This is my 2nd speech about Holidays:
In my 2nd speech about Holidays, I was able to start the speech with a rhetorical question and get the audience listen to my speech. I have decided to talk about 3 holidays in the USA, Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving. I had structured my speech by time and talked from New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I think my 2nd speech about a given topic (holidays) went better than my 1st speech. In this speech, we were allowed to use palm cards, so I felt more confident. I think I had good volume and projection for the whole time. I spoke clearly with good pacing and pauses. In addition, I stood up straight during the whole speech and didn’t stare at my palm cards for most of the time. But I still didn’t have much facial expressions and I looked down at my palm cards many times.
I think my best speech was my 2nd speech about holidays. I had more confidence and I didn’t feel as nervous as my 1st speech. I had better projection and spoke with good pacing and pauses. In addition, I think I had better information about holidays than the speech about Manga because I gave some good examples about how people celebrate it and what the history was. I think I should improve on facial expressions and gestures because if I had more feelings in the speech, the audience would be interested in my speech and listen to it for the whole time. In addition, I could at least have more tone in my voice, especially when I introduce another holiday and when there is a interesting fact. In fact, I should practice more times so I know much more about my speech so I don’t have to look down at my palm cards a lot of times. Basically, it is like saying I have to practice a lot before speeches so I could feel more confident about my speech (Therefore, I am not very good with speeches.).
This is my friend, Julia’s speech about holidays. Although we spoke about the same topic, there were many differences between my speech and her speech. In her speech, she had facial expressions and tone in her voice. Also, she had good structure in her speech and had good facts about how Germany and Japan celebrate the same holiday. She didn’t look at her palm cards much (as much as I did) and looked at the camera for almost the whole time.