Speech Analysis


March 7, 2004

During my informative speech on Salmon Fishing in Pulaski, NY, I felt I had both strengths and weaknesses. Some of my strengths include my eye contact with my audience. Through out my speech I felt, for the most part, that I looked my audience in the eye and I did not just look at the camera or at one particular part of the audience. I am glad that I was able to successfully talk about my visualizations without stumbling or staring at the screen during my speech. Often times I notice a speaker doing so and it looks very unprofessional so I am glad I successfully executed this. Another one of my strengths is my facial expressions and hand gestures. I notice many people waving their hands around during times when they are not showing how to do something. They are usually just waving their hands around for no reason. Upon viewing my speech, I enjoyed the fact that I did not wave my hands around in the air unless I was trying to reenact a process of hooking, fighting, and or landing a fish. With more practice, I wish to create new strengths and continue my current strengths.

During the viewing of my speech, I noticed many weaknesses. The first weakness I noticed was the fact that I seemed to be reading some of my sentences directly from my note cards. I did not have my speech written entirely on my notes, but I had certain sentences and I feel that I read those verbatim. This may look bad to an audience because it makes me look unprepared and uninformed of my topic and speech in general. Another weakness was the fact that my body moved from left to right at times. This is most likely a result of nervousness. For my next speech, I wish to be more aware of where my body is in front of the class and whether or not I am moving about nervously. Yet another one of my weaknesses during this speech was my stuttering and pronouncing words incorrectly. I felt, at times I was stumbling over my own words and rushing to get the sentence out rather than keeping a well-timed pace. I seemed to be ready to say three words at a time or at times, I felt as though I was reading faster than I was speaking and struggling to catch up. The final weakness that I noticed about my informative speech was my monotone voice. I felt as though I were speaking at a funeral and not informing my audience about a sport, which I love and enjoy greatly. I should have stressed certain words more and other less, all while keeping my audience awake and alert because of my spirited voice.

Having completed and viewed my first speech, taught me many things. I learned things I should not do and things I did well and should continue to do in my future speeches. I learned new information about fishing in Pulaski, NY, new facts about the town of Pulaski and the Salmon River, and what experts suggest as the best way to hook, fight, and land a salmon fish. I also learned that when making a speech, it is important to be aware of how much time you have left for your speech. Practicing my speech a few times would allow me to gauge how much time I should spend on each sub-topic. Doing this would allow me to finish within the allotted time and prevent me from rushing to finish my speech. Some things I learned from other people’s speeches were how to make good eye contact, how to do good research, and how to construct a well-written and practiced speech. In addition, I learned about the dangers milk and also how to make a resume.