Having Mark speak to our class was very beneficial and her offered us some insightful tips about the professional world that we will soon be entering. His talk with us was extremely casually and comfortable and usually I tend to drift off with speakers because they aren’t generally captivating, but Mark’s discussion of his company was very intriguing. I particularly enjoyed his comment about how he tends to dress casually unless he is trying to impress someone, then he’ll wear a suit, but that attire was only formed by white businessmen. He hops that the dress to impress rule diminishes with the next generation. His company was also really interesting, the way they wanted to make an affordable rental bike that also was motorized to help get up the big hills of San Francisco. I did not realize how long it would take to perfect the model and get investments from people in order to make his dream a reality. He talked very clearly and concise, he did not rant about unimportant stuff and he knew his audience and the knowledge we had about bikes. He did not have to explain everything to us, just a few minor details.
During the video rehearsals for project 2 I realized that I was to robotic. I was reading my speech off the paper without looking up. I realized that I needed to connect to my audience more and look at them. I also decided that for my next speech I was going to have it completely written out, but more of an outline so I could comfortably talk to my audience without getting lost in my reading. I felt that my public speaking skills were improving enough that I would be able to do that for the next presentation. I also realized that once again I needed to control my speeds because sometimes I talk too fast and it is difficult to understand what I am saying.
I left class today early because I was not feeling that well, but while I was there we learned some meditation techniques that allowed for us to understand the way we can be comfortable during our speeches. Sometimes when we give a speech it is difficult to stand comfortably especially because we are nervous, so understanding a way that we can position ourselves with good posture helps when presenting. It also can make you seem more confident when you are speaking as well.
It was very weird the process of the video rehearsal because I don’t really like taking videos of myself. I kept stumbling over words, but overall it was beneficial. This exercise allowed me to fine tune my speech. I was able to figure out if the order I was presenting the information was logical or not. I also figured out which areas of my speech I typically stutter at so that I could speak more clearly during those. I also learned to adjust my speed as well.
Today in class we conducted more observatory evidence at the panhandle. We got in groups and observed people and bikers in the panhandle. My group was assigned to looking at the amount of people and types of activities they did in the pedestrian path of the panhandle. We observed a pretty even number of men and women. Many of the activities included, running, walking, pushing strollers, walking dogs, etc. We did three trials of 10 minutes each in order to gain the most evidence for this activity. For homework we had to put the evidence into statistic that could be used to show and audience or incorporate into a speech.
Today in class we measured the amount of cycles in different gears of a bike. We found out that multiple test trials is extremely beneficial when attempting to conduct our own evidence. We also compared the weight of the bikes to the amount of cycles they had in the different gears. Then we went to the San Francisco Bike Coalition and discussed how San Francisco is striving to be more bike friendly like cities such as Amsterdam. They want to increase the amount of people who commute to work or other places to at least 10%. We also discussed the dangers of biking, but how SF wants to strive to make the number of deaths via bike 0.
My rehearsal was mostly trying to incorporate facts into my powerpoint without necessarily having them up in words. I wanted to be able to summarize the main points of each slide without throwing an enormous amount of information at my audience, but being clear and concise about the goals of the give a bicycle program. By doing this I practiced saying aloud the different information I could say for each slide. Then I had to change a few slides around because the order in which I presented them was not that logical.
I think that I have improved a lot during this class because now I am more comfortable talking in front of an audience. I think I gained important skills such as standing my ground, eye contact with audience, establishing credibility, conducting various research, and catering to my audience. I think as a class we all immensely improved with public speaking. I remember how nervous everyone was for the first presentation, and today everyone was really impressive. I think that Aaron has done a great job this whole semester incorporating personal stories to establish credibility as well as integrating facts from various sources and delivering them well. Also Malia incorporated a video into her presentation today which was beneficial because of her audience. It helps display a visual aspect of her presentation. I think that this class has all helped us to improve in writing speeches, presenting facts, and being comfortable in front of an audience.
The Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television is a good video when pushing the limits in front of an audience, but not a quality video overall. While he engages the audience by saying forbidden and controversial words while performing a recorded talk (which is pretty ironic considering he knew it was going to be reproduced but I think that’s the point). He makes many sound effects throughout his performance that are funny to the audience, however I don’t think the speech was as comical as he was going for. He basically just talked about forbidden words while attempting to repeat them in a funny matter which just came off as childlike. They were words you heard kids saying in elementary school and middle school so I felt like it was a bit unprofessional. Overall it was a solid idea because he was able to surprise people with word choice, but he could have picked stranger words because they were very predictable and I knew exactly what was coming.
I watched an account called AJayII in which she reviews different albums, a lot of alternative and pop albums, and gives feedback on whether or not she likes them or not. She uses the Youtube voice by over-enunciating words and looking into the camera. She also uses phrases such as “you guys,” or “wait I’m gonna pause this hold on,” like we are there with her. It’s very strange because her voice goes up and down constantly, like she does not have a flat tone. She was discussing Paramore’s new album and will dance and appear deep in thought and then stare at the camera almost to break the fourth wall. It is over the top but it draws in viewers to get up the view count, because she is acknowledging her audience.