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.