Time to break the ice with your ice breaker speech. Rock speech class

Ice Breaker Speeches

It’s time to break the ice with your ice breaker speech.

This is your first prepared speech for you to give to us.  I’ve tried to make the impromptu speeches fun and challenging, but now, it’s time for you to do the work.

How’re you feeling?

We covered stage fright on your first day in class.  You were given a handout today to use to reassess your responses before and after the speech, as well as a couple of questions.  The answers you gave to those questions are your homework assignment.  Go to the Ice Breaker Quiz page and answer the questions.  There aren’t any right or wrong answers, specifically, as they’re all about your impressions about your speech and what you noticed in other people’s speeches.  Please do it the day that you give your speech.

September 24 Speakers:

  1. Marah
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Ian
  4. Mike
  5. Nate
  6. Austin

October 1 Speakers

  1. Gracelin
  2. Braylon
  3. Darby
  4. Morgan
  5. Jonas

Ice Breaker Speeches

Once you’re done with this speech, we also have to talk about Andrea Ambam’s lovely National Speech and Debate League winning speech.  Did you watch it?

Andrea’s speech is a type of ice breaker speech.  She’s talking about herself, her mother and her mother’s experiences, by using math as a metaphor.  This is an advanced technique in giving a speech.  What did you think of it?

We’ve looked at three very distinct speeches in our class:

  1. Gettysburg Address by Lincoln
  2. I Have a Dream by King,
  3.  America Minus the Dream by Ambam.

There’s a flow from one speech to another, isn’t there?

I picked these speeches for that reason.  You will find that no speech will stand alone.  Everything comes with context:  it’s related to what came before and will have an impact on what will follow.  Your ice breaker speech will have an impact on your next speech.  What you learned from this experience can help you do better next time.

There’s a proverb that says:

There’s the speech you write.
There’s the speech you gave.
Then there’s the speech you wish you had given.

This is strikingly true.  There’s a relationship that you build with your audience from the moment of your introduction until the final clap as you exit the stage.  What you wrote may have sounded good when you were writing it, but maybe it became something else when you delivered it.  Some of those changes you’re going to like.  Some of them you’re going to see were effective in reaching your audience.  Some… well… we learn from those too.

Your next speech will have a flow from this speech.  It may not be about the same material or even about the same topic, but because it’s you, you’re the flow.  Don’t be anxious about your ice breaker speech.  You got up there and gave a speech.  You’re already a hundred miles ahead of all those people who never have.

Note to the Future:

If you do not have a gmail account – you now need one.  Please make arrangements with your parents to set it up now.

Please check and be sure that I have your email address.  I’m missing 2 right now:  Braylon and Gracelin.

 

 

 

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Ice Breaker Speech Presentations Next Week!

Are you stuck on your ice breaker speech presentation? Today’s class on mind mapping was supposed to help you figure out your topic and the material you want to cover in your speech.

Let’s talk about how we’re going to do these speeches.

  1.  We can’t do all the speeches in one class session.  Therefore, we will be randomly selected for the speech order by drawing cards.  You will be told this week on what date you will give your Ice Breaker speech.  Do not switch your date without consulting Mrs. Krajci.  She gets really temperamental about that sort of thing.
  2. You are expected to dress appropriately for the speech presentation.  Now, you may think that if you’re talking about how you love your llamas and that should allow you to wear your llama-caring clothing for the speech. llamas don't speak in Rockspeechclass.net You would be wrong.  Please check the syllabus for the proper attire.  Failure to dress properly will drop your grade.  Show up in a Spiderman vs. Nightcrawler t-shirt and you won’t present at all.
  3. While we will have as many as 6 speeches during each presentation class, that won’t be enough to fill up the time.  There will be additional assignments.  Please be aware of them and be prepared.  Next week, you should watch the Andrea Ambam speech listed in your syllabus and be prepared to talk about it after the class presentations are done.
  4. I could tell you not to be nervous, but that’s not going to be very helpful, will it.  Relax!  We’re going to have fun!

Evaluations by your peers

Each speaker is going to get evaluations from every member of the class.  What’s an evaluation and why does it make me nervous?

It might.  After all, an evaluation asks the audience to point out good things you did during your speech and suggest one thing you could do to improve.  Mrs. Krajci will collect all of the evaluations and hold them until all of the speech presentations are done.

Why am I asking you to do this?  It has a lot more to do with you than about the speaker you’re evaluating.

What you notice about other speakers is what you need to work on.  It’s that simple.  I don’t have a long explanation as to why that is.  I don’t know why it is.  But I know that’s how it works.  So we’re going to use this tool to help you be a better speaker.

Remember these three things:

  • Be kind.
  • Be helpful.
  • Be thoughtful.

See you next week!

September 24 Speakers:

  1. Marah
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Ian
  4. Mike
  5. Nate
  6. Austin

October 1 Speakers

  1. Gracelin
  2. Braylon
  3. Darby
  4. Morgan
  5. Jonas