Pause or play. That's what I have been trying to decide to the past 5 videos, and all of them were amazing in their own way. This one, however, takes the cake. Donovan's poise in this speech was incredible. He looked so confident that I know believe that is truly were he feels best, on a stage. While presenting important ideas, his volume would raise higher and higher. Therefore, I believe that he felt very strongly about his topic, and I now want to listen to a few other things that he has to say. During his speech, I watched his eyes as they scanned the room and back. Donovan's gestures were very nice, plentiful, and different. In the beginning, I watched as he held onto the podium with one hand while still making gestures the whole way through!
If you had to chose whether you would pause or play this speech at the end of thirty seconds what would you chose? I, for one, would chose pause. "Why?" you may ask. The answer is simple. First, her poise was undoubtedly better than mine could ever be. However, I noticed her rocking back and forth and I found myself counting how many times she did so. Second, while speaking, I felt like her tone was the exact same (Harsh for only thirty seconds right?). Third, even though she was looking directly at the crowd, she seemed to be focusing on the left side of the audience (Her left, our right.). Last, her gestures were so unnoticeable that I had to go back multiple times to make sure that they were even there! While speaking, I feel as if she could've taken away the picture, for the words of the beginning are the reason your audience may chose to listen and comprehend or just to listen.
While Graham's speech wasn't awful, I did feel like he used an extensive amount of pictures. His poise seemed to be fabulous, he walked around the stage, yet wasn't pacing so much that it was constantly on my mind. His voice was loud and clear. However, much like everyone else, I think that he seemed to use the same volume and didn't add enough emphasis on certain words. Even though his eye contact was wonderful because he was scanning the room every which way, his gestures seemed to be missing a certain pizzazz. Graham used similar gestures over and over again, and if he was by chance switching it up a bit, I wouldn't have known because of the pictures that seemed to be constantly attacking my computer screen.
P, V, E, and G. Those are the four components we are asked to use time and time again. While there are many amazing speeches out there, I think that this outshines even the best of them. The poise that Michelle seems to have sends out a vibe saying that she is the most confident and comfortable behind a podium (whether that's true or not I'm not sure). Her voice during this speech was everything I was looking for. She was clear, had many pauses, her volume range changed throughout, and her speed was perfect. While eye contact may be hard when there are an immense amount of people in the room, Michelle did really well with scanning. However I think she could've done a little better with scanning vertically. When watching this speech, it was hard to tell whether her gestures were cut out of the shots or if they were just subtly, but either way she did an extraordinary job with adding small, yet effective, gestures.
I had to judge a nine-year old boy on his ability to stand up in front of a gigantic crowd and deliver a speech. I, for one, could not have done half as wonderful as he did. However, if I'm being honest, I would pause his "lecture". Throughout the the four minutes, I watched as he stood completely still on the stage only glancing at the crowd maybe a dozen times. His poise, however, seemed to be the best part about it. He stood there and didn't rock and forth, so for that I thank him. While his poise was wonderful, his eye-contact, voice, and gestures seemed to be lacking. As I said before, he stared at his speech that was printed a couple of mere index cards and barely acknowledged the crowd observing him. Even though his voice seemed clear, he seemed monotonous throughout the majority of his dialogue. I feel as if he could've killed two birds with one stone by putting down those cards and picking up a few gestures. When I was watching his speech, I don't think he used a single one.
If I had to chose, I would by far continue to watch this speech (play). Her poise was superb because she seemed confident in herself and her speech, she seemed relaxed and at home, and she didn't rock or pace back and forth. The voice aspect of this discussion was marvelous as well. She had made sure to add significant pauses, as well as, points in her dialogue where she raised her voice, and that is a big difference between and outstanding and an average speech. She also made eye contact in the speech's entirety, making sure to take breaks and add other clips so it wouldn't be creepy. For someone whose only talking for a couple of minutes, her gestures were plentiful. I think she did an amazing job adding those in when describing the drills.