How’d you all do on the first Speech Challenge? Did you all get a bit more comfortable speaking? Great. Please share your experiences and ask any questions you may have here. Let’s move on to the next step. Sometimes you aren’t as much afraid to get up and speak as you are uncomfortable because you don’t know what to say. So this week’s challenge is to pick a speech you like from American history and get comfortable with a small part of it. Read it over several times and envision yourself speaking as if it were YOU giving the speech. Then…stand up and give the speech! The idea this week isn’t to memorize it or to deliver the entire speech. The idea is to give about 2 minutes of it while perfecting your execution. Maintain eye contact as much as possible. You can be reading it from your notes, but practice it enough such that you can look back at it just to refer to and not to be reading directly from it. For more fun with speech communication, visit Art of Eloquence’s Speech and Debate Page!