I attended a speech on Monday April 29th at Saint Thomas Aquinas' rec room. The speakers
name was Brandon Young, inspirational speaker. The audience was not very large, approximately 50 to
55 people were present. The name of the speech was “Why do you do it” and it was delivered to inspire
To begin the speaker was very good at getting our attention by stating that he was not there to
motivate us in anyway but, instead to ask “why”. His big point was “Why do you do the things that you
do”. What motivated us to do what we do, what was our drive. He kept driving these simple questions
home that, for me, actually got me interested in listening to him because it got me to ask myself the
same questions. Honestly I didn't think I would be able to sit through the whole speech being as it was
something I've never thought of going to sit through. Right from the start he stated his reasoning for
being there so that we were all on the same page throughout his presentation.
What I could put together from listening was the point he was trying to get across was that our
emotions play an integral part in our daily decision making. That if you were emotionally driven to
accomplish a goal, you would accomplish it no matter what circumstance you had to overcome to get
there and if we weren't committed emotionally, that seemingly impossible goal would always remain
Throughout his presentation he used power point to add to and back up his points while he was
speaking. They were pretty bland in my opinion, they were all the same colors and same font with
nothing that would make anything stand out. White backgrounds with black text gets tiresome to look
at after a while. While being plenty large, maybe a bit too large since they were projected, they were
well written. If he changed the colors or added something, anything to keep from looking at a
newspaper the whole time I would have felt a little more comfortable giving him more credit than I am.
What I can say is that the timing of his slides went off without a hitch so it flowed while
everyone was listening.
As far as enthusiasm was concerned, he was definitely enthusiastic, very enthusiastic, maybe
even a little too enthusiastic. I felt as if he was trying so hard to be upbeat and trying to convey his
message to everyone in the audience, he was too uppity, too in your face. His annunciation was vary
thick in certain points in his speech like as if he really pronounced a word a particular way it would
strike us deeper than if he just pronounced it normally. I mean don't get me wrong he was good at what
he did but, I think if he went any longer it would have just gotten annoying. Throughout the speech he
kept asking us to “show some hands” whenever he presented a particular scenario we may have came
across or were involved in. In all honesty he overused the “show some hands” line, it seemed as if he
thought he was losing some attention he would just throw out a pretty vague question and say “show
some hands” over and over. Although he did keep his talking geared toward us in the audience instead
of changing the subject to himself as I sometimes find myself doing. My personal opinion about his
organization of his speech was fairly linear. Sometimes he would find himself getting a little off topic if
he had to relate something he said to a personal experience of his, granted these were very limited
throughout but, kind of distracting when they happened. I would have enjoyed listening much better if
he would have kept the “off topic” out of the speech entirely but, to each his own. Since he was
delivering his speech I had no place to interject.
I think it's about time I talk about Brandon's gestures, eye contact, posture etc. For the first two
to three minutes he was pretty stiff. He kept rubbing his hands...
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