Major: Communication Minor: Undecided
Standing (Sophomore, Junior, Senior): Freshman
Astrological sign: Pisces
1. What was your most memorable speaking experience?
Probably my AP History class my senior year of high school. Two other people and I had to teach a whole forty-minute class! It was fun, but it was also stressful. That’s a long time to present in front of an audience. I definitely gained a special appreciation for teachers after that.
2. How do you usually go about planning an oral presentation?
Normally, I try to gather all of my information and research the topic first. Then, I’ll make an outline to figure out how I want to present my research. Later, I’ll make up some note cards, and after that I practice practice practice! And then I’ll practice some more because the extra practice helps me feel confident that I know my material, and that really helps me feel comfortable for my speech.
I always try to focus on slowing down my breathing right before a speech. Even now, I still get a little nervous before I give a speech, and concentrating on my breathing helps calm me.
Hmm this is a hard one. When I was in sixth grade I went to a speech at our local college that was given by an environmentalist. He spoke about the human impacts and causes of global warming. Honestly, half of the information was probably over my head (I was only in the sixth grade after all). However, the parts that I did understand left an impact on my life because they made me t realize just how large of a part humanity plays in the effects on nature.
5. What types of speaking assignments have you had here at Wittenberg?
So far at Witt, I’ve had to give a group presentation about adolescent health issues and an individual speech about Leukemia. The group presentations always make for an interesting dynamic, but I like to give both individual and group speeches.
I would really like to not speak so quickly during my speeches. I tend to rush through my speech, and I don’t always remember to take the time to wait for my audience’s reaction. Slowing down is definitely something I have been trying to focus on to improve my speeches.
7. What advice do you have for students about participating in class discussions?
Think about your opinion before you state it, but don’t overthink it. Your opinion matters too!
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg students who are facing an oral assignment?
The earlier you can start working on your project the better! Putting it off because of anxiety or just plain old procrastination will only add to your stress level. Also, book an appointment at the OCC so you can practice with an audience!
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the OCC?
Don’t be nervous! It’s a no judgment zone. If you are anxious though, just pretend like you are coming in to have a conversation. All we want to do is help you improve your speech and help you feel more comfortable for the actual day you’re presenting.
10. What’s the best part about working in the OCC?
Learning. I find it really interesting to hear all of the different speech topics, and learn something from all of them. I love hearing about all the different things people have to talk about!