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Posted 5/25/13
What is the best way to calm yourself down before or during a speech?
Posted 5/25/13
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Posted 5/26/13 , edited 5/26/13

Dragneel343 wrote:

What is the best way to calm yourself down before or during a speech?


learn to only focus on the words you have to speak and remember if they are cheering or booing its all just noise at the end of the day and its up to you how much you allow it to affect you and as inky said, having a glass of water helps.

This may help you.

http://www.inc.com/guides/2010/10/10-tips-for-giving-an-important-speech_pagen_2.html
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Thanks for the tips. I'll try them out when I practice, but still a little nervous. The audience is my high schools graduating class. I was asked to come back to the school and give them a speech on what they may expect when leaving high school.... I'm new to forums, but can you attach a file to a post? Other than a link?
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Posted 5/26/13

Dragneel343 wrote:

Thanks for the tips. I'll try them out when I practice, but still a little nervous. The audience is my high schools graduating class. I was asked to come back to the school and give them a speech on what they may expect when leaving high school.... I'm new to forums, but can you attach a file to a post? Other than a link?


You can post pictures and things but there is no way to actually upload a file.
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Dragneel343 wrote:

Thanks for the tips. I'll try them out when I practice, but still a little nervous. The audience is my high schools graduating class. I was asked to come back to the school and give them a speech on what they may expect when leaving high school.... I'm new to forums, but can you attach a file to a post? Other than a link?


Unless you add the file to a file sharing site and link us to it, although I would rather you would not. Thanks. What is the file?
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Just the word document of the speech itself.
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Posted 5/26/13 , edited 5/26/13

Dragneel343 wrote:

Just the word document of the speech itself.


You could copy and paste it here.
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Thank you for the information. There is something about the speech I have failed to mention. I have sort of a social anxiety, I do not like speaking in front or in a large group of people.
With this speech I'm hoping to overcome that fear during the process.
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If your confused I'll give you a little incite. My school is what the other schools call the 'junk' school. We get the kids that have been kicked out of all the other schools in the area. This years class to me is a little ignorant and can't really show their own back bone. They seem to be misguided in many ways as well.

Hello class of 2013!!!

First of all congratulations! High school is a place where we learn how to do many things. We learn of sportsmanship, we learn of teamwork, we learn of perseverance, and we learn how to adapt. High school is also, a place to find love or make great relationships.

‘Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it!’ –Mother Teresa

Fight and live to what you think you’re capable and beyond. If you are pushed to a corner and you want to give up. Don’t! If you give in to pain, you are just proving that you have been spoiled by life. Suffer through it. Fight back. I know exactly how this feels. I have felt pain beyond what a kid my age should endure. I have been alone for three years, so I can’t feel pain that much. Sure I get a little help from my parents, but what you want to do; only you have that strength, that burning will, or ambition to keep going until you reach your goal. I look life in the face and say bring it on. Your life is going to be tough, financially, physically, and mentally.

I am what most people call a gamer, but I’m also an Otaku. It’s a person who likes to watch anime. I love anime, I love their tenacity, I love their perseverance, I love their sense of family value, I love their abilities, I love the beauty in certain scenes, I love the mystery, I love their adventures they have, but mostly I love their sense of resolve.

I have decided what I want to be in this world. I’m going to be animator. I want to create the impossible. I want to create something that would inspire others to let them know what they love to do is exactly what they should do. I haven’t told my parents this, but after college I’m going to move to Japan. One reason, it’s the source of all animating. My second reason is I mainly want to do anime. My last reason is what I want to see there. I want to see the view of a sakura tree in bloom. I want to feel the petals falling past me in a whirlwind of beauty and sanctuary. (Sakura tree is a cherry blossom tree.) Show picture. There are six rules I have followed since I left here. Rules from a man that always comes back and finishes what he has started, his name is Arnold Schwartsenagger.

His first rule: Trust yourself, figuring out what YOU want to be, and not what others think you should be. Do what you enjoy. Do the things that you find happiness in.

Rule two: break the rules, don’t break the law, but break the rules of life. If someone says that, ‘It is impossible.’ Try to make it possible. To be original, you have to break some rules and think outside the box.

Rule three: Don’t be afraid to fail. This one is a little hard for me I have a certain anxiety in which I’m somewhat conquering with this speech. Don’t be afraid to fail, in sports I wasn’t afraid to fail, I just knew if I don’t make it today I’ll try again and again until I make it. You never saw me quit. If you did see me quit, it was mostly because I couldn’t deal with the bull crap anymore.

Rule four: Don’t listen to negative people. Don’t listen to ‘you can’t do this or you can’t do that, because it’s never been done before’. Prove them wrong. Prove to them that it can be done. Just because they can’t do it doesn’t mean you can’t do it.

Rule five: Work your butt off. No pain/no gain. While others are partying and having fun, others are working and becoming better, perfecting what they love to do. Hard work works. His words exactly, ‘I know that there are 24 hours a day. Sleep for six hours and you have eighteen hours left to do whatever you want. Some people are saying wait I sleep eight or nine hours, then sleep faster I would recommend.’

Lastly rule six: it’s called giving back. Once you take something, you can’t assume that you can just take it and leave. No, you have to give something back to what or where you gain certain knowledge or ability from. That gives you more sense of accomplishment.

‘Conquer their souls with the dreams of many. Conquer not by humility, nor by destroying their pride, but beat them with fairness and leadership.’ -Alexander the Great

I also have something to say to the teachers. “Thank you, for showing me that life will throw anything at you. From a small assignment that can be figured out within a few minutes, to a project that leads to you working for days, and possibly asking for help in some areas or aspects you’re slow to understand in. I thank you for the fun memories I have gathered from here. From Nys’ funny personality in the shop room, to Sirs’ entertaining band room, to Gildy/ Gundy’s hijinx, to Sav’s and Staubs anti-jokes to lighten the atmosphere in the classroom. Thank you.” A couple more things before I leave, I’m going to recite a quote from one of my favorite animes and a quote from one of our past presidents.

‘You know why people have eyes in the front? It is to see the landscape in the distance. If you were to have eyes in the back all you could see is your hometown getting farther away. You can’t move forward like that. With eyes in the front you can see the landscape getting closer and closer. And that is what lets people move forward.’- Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

‘The future belongs to those who have the courage to believe in the beauty of their dreams.’- Eleanor Roosevelt.
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When do you have to give this speech?
Posted 5/27/13

Dragneel343 wrote:

What is the best way to calm yourself down before or during a speech?


Overall your speech looks cool! Now, for suggestions on giving it.

One thing I always do when I give a speech/presentation, is I always have something I'm holding in my right hand. Usually something small and inconsequential like a pen or a mouse. But it gives me the ability to grip it tightly, and through there, vent all the nervous energy that my body is producing in anticipation of facing large groups.

Another idea I've always had but haven't really tried that much yet is to have 3 points of focus away from the crowd. In speeches to large groups, people can't tell if you're facing them or not, only that you're looking in their direction. So have 3 points behind the crowd to focus on with your eyes should help. The idea here is, as you go along the speech, when you should be looking at the crowd, you pick one of the three items and talk to that, instead of talking to the sea of faces looking up. (Ideally, you pick one on the left side, one on the right and one in the center.)

I got a few more, but I particularly like these two as they channel the energy and avoid the faces.
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Posted 5/27/13
This Wednesday at around 2:00pm
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Wow I never thought of that, but looking back at some speeches I've seen that's true. I'll try these out, thanks for the suggestions.
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A week has gone by since the speech and I forgot to inform you guys in how it went. It went splendidly! They were listening and patient throughout the speech. I listened to everyone's advice and it worked. At the beginning I actually did start to have an anxiety attack. I calmed myself down and remembered what everyone told me.

Thank you for helping me make progress against my fear! B)
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