Name: Emily Faas
Standing (Sophomore, Junior, Senior): Freshman
Astrological sign: Capricorn
What was your most memorable speaking experience?
Speaking in front of an entire auditorium of students in high school, I had to give a presentation for my senior year english project. It was nerve racking speaking in front of that many people in that type of setting, but so exhilarating during the speech itself. I encourage everyone to speak in a large setting such as an auditorium to gain great speaking skills.
How do you usually go about planning an oral presentation?
I will normally write out an outline for what the assignment is looking for, I will make sure all of my sources are credible and then begin to format the oral presentation. I always try to practice at least 4 times before the actual presentation.
Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when you’re speaking (or about to speak)? What are they?
When I’m speaking, especially if I’m behind a podium, if I get nervous I will start to pick at my nails, that way I have some kind of distraction for myself, but not the audience.
What was the best speech you ever heard? Why?
A lot of the presidential speeches especially after a crisis are always intriguing to me, they keep their argument relevant but always have a lot of passion in what they are saying.
What types of speaking assignments have you had here at Wittenberg?
Mostly discussion based speaking tasks, some discussion leadership as well.
What would you most like to improve about your speaking?
I wish I was calmer right before a big speech, 99% of the time I am over prepared, so I just need that to translate into confidence.
What advice do you have for students about participating in class discussions?
Keep an open mind, you never know how someone else’s opinion may form or mold yours. Some of the best discussions I’ve been in is in those with beliefs I didn’t agree with.
What advice do you have for other Wittenberg students who are facing an oral assignment?
Stay calm, most of the time you know the material, it never hurts to over prepare and practice more than you think you need.
What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the OCC?
That we are here to help you with any part of the process, and mostly that we have all been and will continue to be in your shoes. We know what it’s like to be lost in an assignment, or be anxious before a presentation. We’re here to take our experience and help you with yours.
What’s the best part about working in the OCC?
Watching someone’s confidence grow with each time they practice. I love watching people become more passionate in what they are presenting just by practicing a few more times, it can make all the difference!