Unformatted text preview: Ed Tell Sec. 002 Angela (Anqi) Liu 20415897 #8 Response: Delivery (Reading 15) The greatest challenge that lies in my way to an efficient delivery is perhaps my own fear towards speaking in public. More specifically, I am afraid that I might forget my words and stand there looking stupid, that people will judge me if I fail to perform well, that I might get tongue-tied, or simply stand too stiff to do any interactions. To address the first problem, I need to ensure adequate preparation, not only on the content of the speech but also on nonverbal communication techniques, such as where to pause, where to add in a natural gesture, and where I need to raise my tone (192). The rest of my fears arise mostly from being overly self-conscious. If I think out and build connections with the audience, those unease and anxieties could easily disappear. Another aspect that needs to be carefully prepared, but hard to get perfectly rehearsed is eye contact. I decide to take a triangle strategy--establishing eye contact following a random triangle pattern, and stay connected with one individual for 2-3 seconds, thus covering the whole audience without causing any uncomfortable feeling (199). In short, preparing and rehearsing makes perfect. Speaking of "quirks", I cannot honestly say that I have any. At most what I can think of that I would rather not to lose during public speaking, would be that I tend to stay calm, or pretend to stay calm and confident under any circumstances. Needless to say how important confidence is, because the audience will never believe in me if I do not have faith in myself in the first place. Apart from that, it is my code of conduct to speak with my heart, which means I cannot fake the way I feel about something, I'll have to be honest, and be responsible for what I say. A similar quirk is that more often than not, I choose to remain serious not that I'm against the use of humor, but that I cannot accept the practice of intentionally laughing at something in order to gain attention. It seems to me that all of my special preferences are in favor of building credibility among audience; therefore it would not be a bad idea to keep them along with other nonverbal communication techniques. ...
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