The Importance Of Viewing Yourself

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Viewing yourself speaking on video is never a particularly good experience, at least for me, because you notice all of the things you don’t notice when you were in the act of speaking or doing whatever was being filmed. However, watching yourself is a good way to notice your strengths and weaknesses as a public speaker. I know that I tend to look at myself more critically when I watch the recordings, but it was also interesting to see what I did and what I should change/keep the same for the future. Looking at both videos together, I noticed that my strengths included I keeping eye contact with the audience and having inflection in my voice throughout almost all of both of my speeches. I had notes to look down at while I was giving my speech …show more content…
At the beginning of my speech, they seemed to almost overwhelm my words. My hand swept back and forth as I talked, and I can certainly see how they were distracting. when I was talking about my own notes sheet, I physically outline a list in the air in front of my face. Thankfully, as the speech went on my hang movements became less distracting, leading me to believe that nerves were the cause of these overzealous gesticulations. I can fix this problem easily by making sure I am prepared and being aware of my tendency to overdo it with my hands. I will never stop talking with my hands because it is something I have always done, but I can work on making it less distracting. In my opinion, since my faults in public speaking were mostly a result of the situation, I didn’t see very much development between my two speeches, mostly because there were only two of them. I did get better at organizing my speech, something which is likely a result of organizing research and writing and reading journals all semester. In addition, I know I will continue to pay attention to the things discussed above, but in terms of overall change this semester I saw no significant

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