This speech was five months in the making and it focused on the features of ToastPark. The club had just procured a slide changer and it helped quite a bit even though I forgot to plug it in. My main misstep for this speech was my time. I decided, during preparation, that I had to go over the limit to adequately present the application. So, I knew I was going to go over, but I didn’t realize it would be 11 minutes. Though, the audience was transfixed and I didn’t feel too bad about it. Unfortunately, my awareness of how much I had to fit into the time limit and how late I was running caused me to rush my speaking more than I would have liked. One evaluation sheet mentioned I should smile more, and after watching the tape, I realized this was very true. I will have to be sure to integrate moments of laughter, and go with the laughter, not just wait for it to stop when it happens. At the end I started clapping for some reason, I’ll have to not do that again. I suppose I felt like I did a good job and wanted to give myself a round of applause. At 33 seconds, I saw somebody in the audience obviously holding back laughter and I almost started laughing myself. I did start stumbling over my words, but a few seconds later I was able to compose myself and remember not to look at that person.
- 1 Ah/um
- 11 minutes from a recommended 5-7 minutes