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Unformatted text preview: . . y“ ' 7 11/14/2013 COM 201 Outside Speaker Analysis Exciting to myself, as well as many others, on November 13th Grand Valley State University welcomed Neil Degrasse Tyson as a speaker to give a presentation entitled “Science a Vly of Knowing.” Dr. Tyson is a very well known astrophysicist who is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and afi§arch sociate for$§trophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Filling up Grand Valley’s field house, with more than 3,000 people, Dr. Tyson delivered ggpeech that showed the difference in how the everyday person and a critical scientifif interpret some situations. To my surprise, Neil Degrasse Tyson turned out to be an extremely funny man. He opened up with a joke about everyone applauding him before\ started his speech, and how he now had to live up to th$€e applauseEe then went on to analyze different things such as Astronomy and solar eclipses, and s ow how the everyday person and the media look at the situation, and how a [email protected], like himself, looks at i I thought $04,, 'SJ' {Mikacka j /———0-’UV his speech was very well organized as he transitioned from each one of his pomts very fluidly, while keeping the crowd’s attention with not only his knowledge, but also his humor. Dr. Tyson opted to not use the podium for the majority of his speech, which gave it a moréusayeel. However, throughout the speech I did notice him leaning on the podium quite a bit which was distracting. Instead of notes, he had a slideshow going that I believe he used very effectively. The slides were not cluttered with words and pictures that could distract the audience. Instead, they had the topic, which he was M W” >0 / Neil Degrasse Tyson used an extemporaneous speaking style as he used his slides to guide the main, topics of his speech and then spoke to the audience without looking at LU \ 27 talkmgabout‘at the. time, which he used as references opposed to notes. This showed“that Dr. Tyson was well prepared for his speech and really knew what he was talking about. I feel that this did a great job of establishing credibility, on top of the list of accolades he had received that were read by the woman who introduced him. Dr. Tyson’s vocal delivery was just about perfect. He was easy to hear and understand, and used a variety of volumes and pace to help get his point across. The atmosphere of the speech was also great. The temperature was very comfortable, and, although crowded, the seating was the best that the field house could have managed for the amwere. The lights were on the entire time so it was easy to see Dr. Tyson, even-from/far away. I was sitting towards the top of the bleachers and I had no efiiMSe ' allofiDr. Tyson’s gestures as he presented his speech. Dr. Tyson was also //emg’ / gdod spot on the stage also as he was in the center, so he was easy to @nljust about anywhere. it from there on out. As stated before, Dr. Tyson’s speech had a very conversational feel to it, but that didn’t take away from the good points he was making. It was easy to tell that he really knew what he was talking about, and he was not unprepared for this speech. The speech had a very good flow to it and the topics he covered were in a logical order as it was easy for him to transition from one topic to another. I think the reason that Neil Degrasse Tyson’s speech was so successful was that he was able to keep the attention of the audience very well. He used his humor whenever he got a chance, and with the constant bursts of laughter one could hear from the crowd, it was easy to tell that he kept the crowd amused and interested in his speech aIlLthg; yygy through. I [\X k, buk CQJQQL’LLM 5 Mr W a?) Mm L0/ 36‘“ (Wm/Newt“? CM/ WW \i\\3/ ...
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