The topic of my speech was about the dangers of diabetes, which is very close to mine and my family’s hearts. I believe a strength of my speech was having a clear focus. There are tons of different routes I could have taken under the umbrella of diabetes, and it would be easy to get side tracked. However, I believe I stayed on the right path. Also, I believe that my billboard slides were a very effective way of making the speech more personal. By showing my dad and my relationship to him, the message hit home a little more.
In the future, I would like to try to not rely as much on my note cards. I was a little nervous because this was the first speech so I found myself looking down a little more than I actually needed to.
- To inspire audience to connect to the theme of the speech via the power of storytelling
- To reinforce speaker credibility traits of competence, character and composure
- To apply audience techniques: psychographic, demographic, and rhetorical
To explain the dangers of diabetes if not managed properly by sharing some of my dad’s struggles.