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Drama Reflection- Speech

A few weeks ago in Drama we did persuasive speeches. I tried to persuade make-up users to stop buying cosmetics that were tested on animals. As I was too nervous to do the presentation in front of the class I presented it to Mr. Meiklejohn before school. Also it was not recorded so you will not be able to see it.

As I said before, I was really nervous so my breathing was very irregular and I looked at the floor a lot. Once I got more comfortable however, I did make eye contact a few times. Also my breathing got a bit more controlled and I made more appropriate pauses. Additionally my volume and projection improved through out the presentation. I could have probably worked on projection a bit more thoroughly though.

At the beginning I looked to the floor a lot and did not stand up straight but it slowly improved. Also I moved my feet quiet frequently which probably did not help my posture.

I had structured my presentation quiet well and there is little that I would change about the information I shared. However sometimes it seemed to me that my speech was more informative than persuasive. That might be something I could work on in the future.

Another speech that was good was Aisling’s. Hers was about YIS students helping the homeless. Even though she was nervous she presented well and had a really good way of persuading the audience of what she wanted them to do. Also her information was well organized and only the necessary information was used.

Stereotypes and Characteristics

A stereotype is a fixed image or idea that many people share for a certain type of person. For example, a few of stereotypes for boys are that they are good at sports, don’t ever cry and are fearless. Stereotypes are often very overexadurated and not true. Some stereotypes have a certain truth to them but this is not always the case. Sometimes stereotypes even influence people so much that they feel like they must be exactly like that. For example (from my experience) boys often try not to show when they cry or are afraid.

On the other hand a stereotype might be useful when you meet new people. Right before you get to actually meet them in person our brain already makes assumptions about what the people will be like just based off stereotypes. This means that when you are meeting new people you have something you could talk about, like sports for boys or male celebrities for girls. These things may not always really be one of their interests but it is at least something to start off a conversation.

The quote ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ pretty much summarizes everything I said pretty well as there are somethings you can guess/ sometimes even see by just looking at someone but other things you will never know about a person until you actually ask/ talk to them.