a 2-3 minute speech in which you share a personal value, opinion, belief
or attitude, which will enable you to establish your credibility. Tell us a story about an episode in your life that has made a difference for you. This
is an extemporaneous talk so you are welcome to have notes but no manuscript.
The emphasis should be on delivering a conversational talk. Develop your
narrative informally, with emphasis on demonstrating the qualities of
an effective communicator (i.e., SPEAK).
on developing a clear introduction, discussion and conclusion for your
talk. Do not plan a question/answer session since time will not permit
might describe to us an experience that you've that changed your life:
Serving in the War against Iraqi's Saddam Hussain taught me a great
deal about the value of our First Amendment rights.
candidates ought not resort to mud-slinging since this only serves to
dissuade people from supporting any candidate.
found that running the Marine Corps Marathon taught me a lot about myself.
proud that I became an American citizen last January.
struggle with anorexia taught me that women in the media do not represent
the ideal figure.
grandfather taught me to cherish life.
a child has been the most challenging and rewarding experience I've
year as an exchange student taught me to appreciate the Asian culture.
found that drinking water has made a big difference in my quest to have
a better diet.
smoking has been a continuous struggle that I wish on no other person.
learned the hard way not to talk on the cell phone while driving a car.
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sure to dress for success. Wear business casual. No shorts, t-shirts, jeans, or tennis shoes.
Wear a collared shirt and pressed slacks.
a new VHS videotape to class. Put your name on the cassette. Invest in a better
quality tape to ensure that you can hear your presentation.
your confidence to class.