The good, the bad, and the ugly. Not only is this the title of a 1966 Western film starring Clint Eastwood (check it out if you haven’t) but it also sums up my speech experience-as both a speaker and listener. Considering the amount of speeches that I have given, and the amount that I’ve heard, it’s only natural for there to be a mix of experiences. Without further ado, it’s time to get to the good, the bad, and the ugly of my speech experiences.
The Good: The number one pro from my personal speaking experience, is well, the experience I gained. The first speech that I ever had to give was in 6th grade. I stood in front of my peers, frighteningly confident, prepared to delve into my first experience speaking in front of a large group of people. After I delivered the speech of why people should vote for me as DA, I realized that this would be the first of many speeches. Since that day, I’ve delivered speeches on everything from how to do a certain magic trick to why the American school system is failing. Watching other’s give speeches has proved to be beneficial as well. Whether the speech was good or bad, I learned lessons. If it was good, I used parts of those in my speeches. If it was bad, I knew what not to do.
The bad: One thing I never picked up on while speaking is my bad habits. I’m sure I do some pretty big no’s while speaking, but I haven’t picked up on them. I have filmed myself giving a speech, but I couldn’t identify and correct the bad things that I do. I’ve always given speeches to friendly, attentive audiences, so if I ever gave a speech to slightly hostile audience, that’d be a new thing for me.
The ugly: The ugliest con of my speaking experience would be the awkwardness that comes with a below average speech. I don’t believe I’ve ever given one, but I have been in rooms in which these speeches were given. The cold, dry air in the room gives me the chills.
Through my speaking and listening experience, I have been through the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m sure the same goes for all of you. I just hope the good outweighs the bad and the ugly.