Posts tagged ‘public speaking’

2011 October 19 12:32
by roma

Say Uhh!

Wow, so this is what happens when you get a full-time job: no post for a month and a half.

I've been recently focusing on improving my public-speaking skills. Presentations to various Home Depot employees have started to and will continue to make me step my public-speaking game up. Currently, I'm focusing on getting rid of filler words, as well as establishing a nice pace in my speeches.

I suspect that one reason why I tend to use so many filler words when speaking in front of people is that I simply don't have that much experience speaking in front of people. I've got in the habit of inserting these filler words in-between words as I'm scrambling for what to say. This is exacerbated by the fact that I know 3 languages. Over the years, I've diverted lots of attention to Russian and Japanese. This has resulted in a bit of a mess in my hed (or as a "kasha", as it's said in Russia). Now's the time to focus more on English. Weekly attendance at Toastmasters meetings is helping me with this.

2011 May 30 17:16

Public Speaking and Other Current Events

The Toastmatsers Ice-Breaker speech last Wednesday went very well. Time flew, so I had to cut out some material, which broke the flow of the speech a little bit. I received positive and useful feedback from other members. One thing I need to focus on is maintaining eye contact with the audience.

I also noticed that making the Crazy Kanji videos is good public speaking practice. I'm usually not able to make a good episode in one take because of various stumbles. Since I'm in a relaxed environment, I'm able to make note of what I need to work on and practice it right then and there.

I have also been working on the dye-solar cell project and studying for the NABCEP exam. On Thursday, I met with Jordan Weisman of FutureCitySolar to chat about his plans and how I can potentially help.