Weekly Report 21
My main focus for the week was my Original Work Speech. I actually do enjoy practicing for each speech. The process is not only entertaining, but also incredibly rewarding. The feeling I get after a well done speech is satisfying; it is as though I instantly feel proud of myself. In a sense, it is a great ego boost! Working towards the speech is great as well. It encourages me to reflect on my growth and clarifies where I need to go next.
The process also brings out what areas of my subject I have not studied. These areas lack any real development. For example, I have not looked into feasibility as much this year; the more I think about it, I realize that I rarely asked my mentor about anything other than her organization. Of course, this has been beneficial. My organizational skills have improved and been constantly challenged this year. Nevertheless, I should work on improving these areas which are lacking in information.
Outside of reflection, the speech almost serves as a distraction. When practicing and actually presenting, the information I am saying matters little to how I am saying it. During these speeches my attention lies on the way I am presenting the information to my audience. I want them to feel interested in what I have to say; I want them to feel involved. This distraction provides me with a decent break where I can establish new priorities, which usually come from the creation process of the speech. My priorities switch, so I can address those lacking areas. These speeches are amazingly beneficial; every aspect of them allows me to grow!