[bmtgraduates] Re: Public speaking as a person who is visually impaired

  • From: "Valverde, Loraine, M" <LValverde@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "bmtgraduates@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bmtgraduates@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2015 20:12:23 +0000

Hi Sylvia, Thank you for this insight. I just came back from a briefing that
I do to speak about our store and generally there are approximately 20 people.
So I feel that my challenge is mostly not being able to see the faces and
understand how they react to what I am talking about. Pretty much just quiet.
Today I started my speech with how beautiful the weather is (which has been
totally awesome lately). So I thought this might spark a little enthusiasm
but I did not hear anything as such.
Should I just assume that it was a good speech? How do I determine that I did
a good speech that will grab them?

I will take any suggestions you may come up with.

Thank you!

Loraine M. Valverde
P: 623 535-8003
F: 623 535-8021
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From: bmtgraduates-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:bmtgraduates-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sylvia Perez
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2015 12:44 PM
To: bmtgraduates@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bmtgraduates] Public speaking as a person who is visually impaired

Hello everyone!
I hear many B.M.T. alumni have signed up for our list. So, it is time to start
getting some discussion going.

Most of us do a lot of public speaking, and if you do not it is likely that you
will eventually have to.

What do you find the most challenging about public speaking? And, what have you
done to work on that?

I recently joined Toastmasters and have to say it has been a really wonderful
experience. I highly recommend Toastmasters.

And, from there I have learned some new tricks to overcome some of the
difficulties I have faced.

One of my major challenges is to make sure I talk to the whole audience since I
cannot see any of the audience members. Now, I have someone give me information
ahead of time by standing where I will speak from and letting me know
directionally whre the audience is. Using a 360 degree target audience, so if I
know the audience is about 120 degrees from my center I know how far to move to
address everyone.

What do you do, and what are your challenges with public speaking?

Sylvia Stinson-Perez


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