Speech Observation

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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

you.

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

impossible.

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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