For my speech evaluation I decided to choose Tiger Wood's apology speech. While there were many monumental speeches to choose from, this one in particular stood out to me because of the substantial amount of public controversy over his complete sincerity. Many felt his words were a heartfelt effort to acknowledge wrongs and set them right, while others didn't believe a word of it. In means of forming my own opinion, I watched his speech several times dissecting everything from his tone of voice, body language and eye contact, to the overall content of his message he delivered. Although most believe that Tiger's apology was genuine, personally I think the speech lacked authenticity. The presentation as a whole seemed choreographed even down to the post-speech "made for TV" hug with his mother. From his initial walk in, you could clearly see the fear in his eyes and became aware of how tense he was. He gripped the podium for dear life throughout the duration of the speech, and although he may have been saying the right things out loud, everything else about his demeanor was silently screaming that he didn't want to be there. He was entirely too automated and his tone of voice came across as almost robotic. He was reading the statement instead of speaking from the heart. The only gestures he used were those when he spoke of protecting his family from the public spotlight and even those looked to be calculated. There were numerous awkward long pauses, and his reading the statement made it appear he wasn't speaking in his natural voice while failing to make adequate eye contact with his audience. We may never know if Tiger's expression of regret was indeed bona fide, but in my perspective his conduct made me question the integrity of his apology.
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