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Category Archives: Presentation Critiques

Speech Critique: Carma’s Humorous Speech

A few weeks ago, I gave my first speech for my current Toastmaster’s club, Speak Out! It was probably the most challenging presentation I’d ever given. The goals of the speech were:

  • Entertain the audience through the use of humor drawn from personal experience and from other material that I had personalized.
  • Deliver the speech in a way that makes the humor effective.
  • Establish personal rapport with my audience for maximum impact.

And I had to do all this in 15 to 20 minutes.

Of course, not to do things the easy way, I added on the additional challenge of making it an “Icebreaker” or introductory speech that helps the club get to know me.

To be honest, I was so nervous that I was seeing blue and purple in the edge of my vision. I was almost afraid that I might faint during my speech.

Thankfully, my public speaking experience took over and I did fairly well. I asked several people if they could tell I was nervous … not a one had noticed. But now that I’ve seen this video, I can pick out my tells. The video is just under 20 minutes … can you find my tells?
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Video Critique: Confidence Building Techniques With Jay Jay The Illusionist

I recently watched this video below presented by Gideon Shalwick, who helps people better use online video in their business. The topic was how to confident in front of the camera. And, for that topic alone, the video is worth watching. I especially liked the advice that Jay Jay gives near the end: act like you’re in love with the person on the other side of the lens. I’m not sure I could do that, but I at least try to act like I really, really care about the person on the other side of the lens. It might get too mushy otherwise. 🙂

Anyway, another reason I share this video is because I want you to notice how natural they both are. Yes, they um and ah, but it’s not distracting. In fact, it just makes it feel more like they are in the room with you and you’re having a conversation with friends.

Of course, there are going to be times when you want your presentation to be more formal, and so you should watch those verbal fillers. But, don’t become paralyzed with the fear of uh. If your content is good, people will more than likely not even notice, and if they do, they’ll forgive you.
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