Persuasive Speech : High School Graduation Speech Essay

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Entertaining – High School Graduation Speech
Speech Delivery Right off the bat, the speaker appears to be extremely nervous as he approaches the microphone. His entrance is bumbling, as he fidgets with his tassel, while taking unnecessarily long to begin his speech. In his introduction, he repeats “um” three times in quick succession, indicating his nervousness. He follows it up with five minutes of constant swaying and fidgeting. His body language reeks of tension, as he seems restless and cannot stop moving. It ends up being quite distracting, especially as his tassel keeps swinging rather energetically. Although he does use gestures intermittently, most of the time his arms are limp by his side. His arms, coupled with his slightly slouched posture give the audience the impression that he is high uncomfortable while giving this speech. Surprisingly, he is able to maintain a decent amount of eye contact.

Where the speaker shines is his verbal delivery of the speech. His voice, unlike his body language, is full of confidence and focus. His jokes are well timed and expertly delivered. For example, when referring to prominent figures of the present and the past, and how they too experienced embarrassing moments in their lives, the speaker expertly uses his voice add to what he is saying. When delivering the self-deprecating punch line (showing up naked to his fifth grade class) to the joke, he purposely speeds up and looks around nervously, adding a personal touch to the…

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