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Speaking at the weekly chapel is one of the highest honor a St. Anne’s-Belfield student could receive. I am thankful for those who help me with my sermon and participate in my chapel. Here are my reflections are the chapel experience in the upper school. I am looking forward to many more opportunities.
Starting a speech with an anecdote is a great technique for the speaker to enter the feeling and capturing audience’s attention. What works well in my sermons is the part that “bright light awakens me” and following. With the show-not-tell technique, I was able to unveil the story with details and atmosphere without immediately describing what is in my mind.
Creating an identity of the speaker for the speech can maximize the confidence and audience’s experience. To explain, the speech, especially in a sermon is the place to express who you are. For example, at the convocation 2016, Mr. Lourie delivered the speech with the theme of getting to know people with Abraham Lincoln’s quote as the main thread. In that way, not only did he address his point, but also reflect his personal interests and background. Before I start to write the speech, I decided my identity is a community advocator and has the goal of bringing together a strong school unity. Having this identity and goal in mind help me put the piece together.
Delivering a concise speech is crucial because we always need to assume that the audience will get bored during the speech. What I found the best length of a speech is within 13 minutes, typically a TED talk’s length. Because the audience has the best focus for 10 minutes usually. I think part of the reason my chapel was successful was that I captured the audience maximum attention and delivered message efficiently.
I do have a couple of things need to improve on. First, the way I ended my speech could be stronger in terms of both writing and speak. I heard feedback from people that they enjoy the most part of speech and felt the speech was then over. I realized this issue and I plan to read more famous speeches in the history to capture the sense of how to end a speech and give the conclusion in the most effective way. Second, I still need to work on my wording and pronunciation of certain words. Because my English is not the best. When I was trying to go through some sentences with a faster pace, I do feel a little stumbled and I am at the risk of losing the audience during those sentences.