I thought that Garret’s visit was very effective and beneficial for our class. He was excellent at public speaking. I do believe that since the first speech, our class has been exceedingly better at public speaking then we were to begin with. I thought it was amazing that he grew up with a debilitating stutter and listening to him, a person would have absolutely no idea because of how well he can generate what he wants to say. He doesn’t even get stuck sometimes.
I think his job might be boring to go around and give the same speeches a lot but it is a remarkable story and it has probably impacted a lot of people. I liked that he used his speech as a workshop and discussed with us what happened that was effective in his speech and what happened that maybe didn’t work so well. I like him because whatever feedback we are to give him, he will take to it to heart and prepare it better for the next time he gives it. I think it is funny that he needs to write out word for word his speech and he cannot really improvise.
Although, he did a perfectly fine job on being conversational with us without having what he wanted to say be perfect. His gestures were very relevant and I was glad he went over that with us. Also, he made a lot of funny jokes which was good because he kept us interested. I think that if the crowd was larger, that his stories and speeches would be able to touch many people. Because his voice was so smooth, it was easy to listen to him for a long amount of time. You didn’t feel like you were being taught at or lectured to and he also made that point.
He told us that we need to be able to talk to our audience not at them. I thought his volume was a little quiet, but that was just because it was his casual voice. I wasn’t sure if he was capable of being louder but then he was when he was making his radio announcer voice. His stories were also appropriate for all ages and I thought he did a very good job at appealing to his audience. He also made a good point about suspense. Sometimes at the beginning of the speech, we tend to tell the audience verything we will be discussing and then they might not pay attention although that is the criteria. Garret mentioned that instead we should give a brief synopsis and don’t tell the audience everything. I think having listened to him, I can work on my vocal variety, preparing a lot better, and more relevant hand gestures. Also, I need to learn how to paint a picture for my audience better because he did that for us and it really helps the audience stay focused and interested in the speaker.
I think this is a good idea especially for speeches that can last for 8 minutes. He was very helpful to listen to because we were able to see a demonstration of what we could improve on for ourselves and usually we just watch our peers and classmates and hope they are doing the correct thing because our speeches will probably end up being similar to theirs. Again, I think he is an inspiration to us all because he became a public speaker after all the years of being made fun of for his stutter.
I think that was very brave and courageous of him and I think we could learn a few things from him. We shouldn’t be afraid of anything because we will get nowhere in life if we are living in fear, and also we can better understand that we shouldn’t make fun of anybody or anything because everybody wants to be involved and included and it is sad that people would get upset and mad with him when he wasn’t able to vocalize what he wanted to say. I think our class learned lots and enjoyed it very much.