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Kaitlin Pham COMS 102 Erma Strauffer 1 February 2011 Self Assessment Watching the video of me speaking is surreal. I have never been a good public speaker; I always barely scraped by when I had to recite poems in class, or give an oral report in front of my peers. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I looked at ease, and more energetic than I thought. Since I was passionate about my story, I can tell that that excitement was transferred to the speech. I turned the sound on mute and focused on my movements. I tended to use my hands a lot, especially when explaining what happened to the car. I feel that it added to the story in a positive manner, but a few gestures were repetitive or too excessive. I thought that during certain points, they became a little too distracting from my speech. My feet moved occasionally, but mostly stayed in the same area. It was good that I moved to include movement into my speech, but not too much that it would divert the audience’s attention away from my speech.
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Unformatted text preview: I also occasionally looked up, not too much, but enough for me to make note of it. I then turned the sound on, and visual off. I started off at a steady pace, but during times of higher energy, I spoke quicker than I wanted. I have had this habit for awhile, and it took a little away from my speech when I would clump words and dialogue together. I also tended to use the filler “um” near the beginning, but it disappeared as I got more comfortable into my speech. I would like to improve on my breathing, movement, and use of fillers. I learned that on my first speech, allowing me to breathe more would slow my speaking down. Also, I would like to learn how to move effectively, not distracting the audience, but to keep them entertained and alert. Lastly, eliminating any form of fillers will improve the eloquence and performance of future speeches....
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