Name: Tyler Wyche
Major(s), Minor(s): Music Education
Standing : Senior
Astrological sign: Pisces
1. What was your most memorable speaking experience?
2. How do you usually go about planning an oral presentation?
Typically when planning an oral presentation, I try to start with an outline. Most of the time, a paper or lesson plan has been what I use for said outline. I then look at what I think is most important from the outline that I’ve created. This kind of determines what I spend more time on, what I feature in my visual aids (if I use them), and that kind of thing. Then I put together my speech, either based on that outline or using note cards. I like to run things a couple of times on my own or in front of a couple of close friends first to work the kinks out. And finally, I make an appointment at the OCC! J
Before I get up to speak, I like to do a little meditation or deep breathing, even if it’s during the class in between presentations. I know that I tend to get really worked up over things such as public speaking, so this helps to calm nerves. Also, I typically keep a water bottle near by to prevent my mouth from drying out (which is also something that happens frequently when I’m in front of people).
The best speech I have ever heard was done by a presenter at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference a year or so ago. The speaker was very knowledgeable about the subject that he was speaking on and was very aware of the crowd dynamics. Whenever he noticed that the crowd was drifting off a bit or heard a lot of hushed conversations between people, he would slip a joke into his speech or ask everyone to stand and participate. It was a very informative session but was also fun to listen to a be a part of.
5. What types of speaking assignments have you had here at Wittenberg?
In my personal communications, I tend to speak really quickly which carries over into my public speaking habits. So, I would say that I would like to improve my awareness of the speed that I’m speaking while in front of people and work on calming the nerves down before I get up to speak so that I can prevent the speed talking.
7. What advice do you have for students about participating in class discussions?
8. What advice do you have for other Wittenberg students who are facing an oral assignment?
I would advise that you way ahead of time for the presentation. The more time that you have to brainstorm, edit, and practice your presentation (in the OCC J ), the better off you’ll be.
9. What should students know about you when they come in to visit you in the OCC?
I am a very fun, enthusiastic person and I really enjoy learning about so many different topics on the nights that I work.
10. What’s the best part about working in the OCC?
The best part about working in the OCC is being able to hear so many great presentations and learn so much about topics that I wouldn’t get to learn about otherwise.