August 28, 2014
Giving a speech is a feat all on its own, but when tasked to speak to a group one has just met is an unnerving task for anyone. This is especially true when the topic is picked by another individual, which also happens to be your Public Speech instructor who is tasked with grading success and failures. Adding to the mentioned stress is having only moments to gather thoughts and ideas and tactics that will grab the audience’s attention. The chosen topic of: What advice would you give to Little Red Riding Hood, seems easy enough until random thoughts need to be gathered and verbalized in front of a room of people. A wonderful way to gage success or failure of impromptu speeches is to analyze feedback gathered by the audience and implement the constructive criticism.
Impromptu speeches, well public speaking in general can bring a wide variety of nervous habits out in individuals including verbal and non-verbal anxiety signs. The following will be the opinion of newly acquainted peers whom analyzed the delivery of the Little Red Riding Hood speech. The audience viewed and commented that both vocal and non-vocal anxiety signs were minimal or simply not accurately address within the feed-back form. The personal opinion of this speaker is that verbal and non-verbal signs of distress could use some work. Techniques such as controlling breathing, and being mindful of what message one is trying to portray to the audience are a start to taming uncomfortable personal sensations. This seems to be a better technique rather than focusing on the nervousness, changing just this one behavior may help reduce the signs of anxiety.
Most individuals don’t enjoy the art of public speaking, which is probably why it is a mandatory college course. A key word to focus on is the ‘art’ of public speaking, it is an art, and to do well in any area, one must seek out knowledge and practice.