My Informative Speech: My Importance Of Speech

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I feel my informative speech was much better than my first special occasion speech that we had at the beginning of the semester. In my first speech, I was very nervous to get up in front of the class and present. I also did not have a very structured speech and it was a bit all over the place in my delivery. This time around, I felt I delivered my speech more clearly and slowly, allowing the audience to understand it better. I tried to make the most eye contact I could and used my visual aid timely and how I had planned. I also feel that I remembered and hit all my points and supporting details in my delivery. My points were clearly stated in my introduction as well as distinctly identified every time that I started to move on to another one. …show more content…
I used the parallel format to restate and summarize these same points in the conclusion. For example, I started my speech asking how many people had heard of the quote and ended the presentation by bringing that same idea back into the conclusion. I also made sure to restate the ideas in my thesis and my specific speech purpose from the introduction in the conclusion. Throughout the entire speech, I made sure to explain to the audience what I was about go talk about or go over, making my topic clear and concise. However, although I had all the information it was not presented very creatively. My visual aid was standard and somewhat boring, mostly showing pictures of the quote, “be the change you wish to see in the world” and small facts that I covered in my speech. It seemed to be helpful to put the quote found in the New York Times article up on the screen while I read it so that the audience could follow along because it was somewhat long. I felt that I used it well, given the plainness of it. I had a slide for every point whether it had words or not. I feel I can improve my visual aid and make it better for the audience to look at and follow along with my speech. Also, I am not sure anything in my speech was written very creatively. The only time my speech seemed somewhat casual was in my last main point, when I discussed the impact that the quote had on my life …show more content…
My speech used the parallel form I believe that I had a lot of solid information and was able to oral cite my sources as well as trying to keep the audience interested. On the other hand, my delivery was not the best I could have done. I stood in the same place for most of the speech and looked at my outline a lot. In the future, I need to work on being more comfortable and moving around more when giving my speech. Also, I am going to try to not add as many words onto my outline. I feel that if I can be able to step away from my outline more and read from it less, it will help me it move around and feel more confortable being in front of the class. I believe that I know almost all of the information I am presenting but use the outline as a safety net, and use it too much. Another item I need to work on is using my visual aid. This was the first time I had used a visual aid for a speech in college and I did not do my best. I learned that I should add more substance too my PowerPoint and make it more interesting for the audience, also allowing them in follow along. Overall, in my next two speeches I need to focus on being more relaxed and comfortable in my delivery, putting less information on my outline, and using a better visual aid for me

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