Brief Presentation Reflection

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In my first speech for the semester, my group and I presented our brief-presentation on the drug, Salvia. After an analysis of the way I presented my portion of the speech, I was able to examine my nonverbal behaviors, which impacted my performance in this speech. There are seven aspects that I closely examined in my brief-presentation analysis. First, I focused on my eye contact. Throughout the entire speech, I maintained eye contact with every side of the audience. It was primarily focused towards the right side of the room, due to the way I positioned myself. At the same time, during the presentation, I continuously looked at my flash cards, thus limiting my eye contact. For example, when I first went up, I would reference my note-cards …show more content…
Two additional aspects that I evaluated were my gestures and body movement. My movement throughout the presentation was the biggest area that I must criticize about myself. I was very stiff during the presentation. In the beginning, I stood in one spot, and I did not move anywhere else. My hand gestures were okay, in that I moved my hands during the speech, but for the majority of the speech both hands were holding my notecard. During the other half of my portion of the speech, I walked over to the other side of the room, and it looked like I was going to improve my body movement. Unfortunately, I fixed myself in only one position, again. The lack of body movement did not help my speaker credibility at all. I was not dynamic during the presentation, and the anxiety that I was displaying did not make me look competent. Furthermore, another aspect that I examined was my vocal qualities. Overall, my voice was average throughout the presentation. I inflected it and spoke very clearly and slowly, which made me appear as a competent speaker. On the other hand, it was also very monotone. There was no excitement from my voice, which made myself seem like I was

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