About this place...
Me - I'm a recent grad of
Stanford University with a BS in Product Design &
MS in Mechanical Engineering. Doesn't sound like
a public-speaking-intensive major? You're right.
My speech experience comes from three years of
National Forensics League competition (one in
Oratorical Interpretation, two in Original Oratory),
and various & sundry other thespian experiences
scattered throughout my high school years in the great
state of Ohio. I've also co-taught Engineering
103: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
at Stanford, but that's a different story - the
material currently here is not based on the materials
in that class. Learn more about me if you're
interested by checking out my personal website - click
the DG logo at top left to get there.
What I Know - Most of my
experience lies in competitive original oratory.
In the NFL (not football; the National
Forensics League!), the largest speech & debate
organization in the US, this is a ten-minute
pre-written and memorized original speech on anything.
And I mean anything: humorous, depressing,
insightful, everything from political correctness to
kickball to elves. Yes, elves. These
speeches are to be independent of props, delivered
within a designated performance area, and supported
with quotes & research - though that last part is technically
optional - and especially difficult with topics
such as elves.
Other Stuff - Have I missed
anything? Is there some piece of critical
speechwriting advice that's conspicuously absent from
this place? I appreciate any kind of feedback -
positive, negative, expletive - from all of you out
there. After all, e-mails like that are a lot
more fun to get than porn spam from AOL. So:
mail me, mail