ISM week 22, the pace is beginning to pick up. The most significant component of this week consisted of a landmark of the ISM program...the Original Work speech.
I clearly recall this particular time of year last year, especially considering how nervous I was for this speech. Following this presentation, there is only one more practice speech before Final Presentation night. It is very nerve wracking, especially when you set one of your SMART goals are personal growth and improvement in regards to public speaking. This speech, for me, was much more than a presentation. It was an opportunity to, for lack of a better word, “test” how much I have improved in regards to this aspect.
I am proud to say that following my presentation, I was very pleased. Granted, I have not yet had the opportunity to watch the video and reflect upon the speech, I felt very confident during and after the speech that I had done a good job. I truly felt like I was clear in my passion and I was able to effectively get my point across in my speech. More than anything, the key for a successful presentation, I was able to tell a story. More particularly, the story of my ISM journey.
Alongside being proud of this speech, I can confidently say that there are still many aspects in which I would like to improve in regards to public speaking. More than anything, I was disappointed with the outcome of the amount of filler words that I used in this particular speech. This is something that I continually want to improve on, and this speech showed me that although I improved in many other aspects of my public speaking, this is one in which I need to continue to practice.
Overall, it is safe to say that I was proud of this speech. I am proud of how much the ISM program has allowed me to grow through this aspect of my high school career, and more than anything, I am looking forward to continuing to practice and grow and give a great presentation on Final Presentation Night.