Name: Lucas McSurley
Astrological sign: Gemini
1. What was your most memorable speaking experience?
2. How do you usually go about planning an oral presentation?
- Firstly, I form a working outline, which lays out the details and important steps of the presentation. Then, form a delivery outline, which focuses on emphasis and verbal/non-verbal delivery ques.
3. Do you have any interesting quirks and/or routines you follow when you’re speaking (or about to speak)? What are they?
- I sometimes have a habit of working really hard on a presentation, and then decide at the very last minute to change everything and start over. Somehow it usually still works out!
4. What was the best speech you ever heard? Why?
- The best speech I have heard was at the National Youth Gathering of the ELCA in New Orleans. It was the best speech because I have never heard anyone relate to the audience as much as he did while making the speech center around the emotion of the audience rather than himself.
5. What types of speaking assignments have you had here at Wittenberg?
- I have had informative speeches, persuasive speeches, narrative speeches, commemorative speeches and countless group presentations surveying many topics.
6. What would you most like to improve about your speaking?
- I would like to improve my skills of reading in a public, which is actually quite different than giving a typical oral presentation. I can talk to a group of thousands about anything, but ask me to read something to a group of ten people, I panic!
7. What advice do you have for students about participating in class discussions?
- I think a key skill to have in class discussion is being able to anticipate what things your professor might ask you prior to class beginning. Read your material, then put yourself in the professor’s shoes and decide what some good questions are. When those topics arise, you will have already done the thinking outside of class and you will come across as a genius when you respond!
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg students who are facing an oral assignment?
- Enthusiasm goes a long way! If you find your topic to be boring, I promise, so will everyone else. Be creative with ways to keep your audience engaged!
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the OCC?
- I am very much a “big picture” type of person. The nitpicky details are important, put I enjoy taking a step back and looking at the overall message of the presentation. What are your main points and how are they being perceived?
10. What’s the best part about working in the OCC?
- My favorite part about working in the OCC is when a student refers another student to the OCC. This assures me that we are passing our knowledge (light) to other students effectively and students are getting the resources they need to fight off the big bad presentation!