Online Public Speaking

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Carl Aquino Valedictorian Speech

This is a great example of a speech with a unique approach, use of props, and a successful use of nervous energy. This speech also received millions of YouTube views so it should be taken seriously.Copy and paste this link to check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCN6FjqDcHg

Overview: This is a great example of a speech with a unique approach, use of props, and a successful use of nervous energy. This speech also received millions of YouTube views so it should be taken seriously.

Props: Carl uses a Rubik’s cube to help illustrate the process of learning and sorting out the high school years.

Tempo: Carl is patient about delivering all aspects of his presentation, despite some minor hiccups along the way. Some might have begun rushing a speech like this once minor issues occurred, but Carl gamely stands his ground and completes all phases.

Writing: This speech might have been successful without the props or background music on the basis of Carl’s clever viewpoints and writing alone. Carl uses a robust vocabulary including words like “adjudicators” and “anecdotes”, but he stops short of overdoing it. Carl’s writing is refreshing and provides a unique perspective, including when he draws an analogy between applying to colleges and asking someone to get married – and then waiting 4 months to get an answer!

Connecting with the audience: Where others often use specific, day to day details to try and connect with their audience, such as referencing the cafeteria food, Carl does an excellent job of connecting with his audience by describing a life process that many, if not all of the audience can identify with.

Noteworthy: Use of background music is very successful in accenting the tone and message of the speech.

Body language: While Carl isn’t physically dynamic on stage, he does do an effective job of managing some nervous energy that can be detected. Note that his audience appears to share in his nervous energy because he isn’t uncomfortable with it, and this creates a bit of manageable tension in the room that allows for extra responsiveness on the audience’s part, including some extra laughs.

Was the speech successful? With a unique perspective, solid writing, props, methodical delivery, and props, this speech has to be called a success. Also, this speech has been watched millions of times on YouTube, so the speaker must have done something right!