Thursday, January 15, 2009

My mumbling speech

On the wedding last weekend I had prepared a speech. I don't mind doing speeches, are usually not nervous and actually kind of like it. I usually try to find an outline with a main point and then write down support words for that outline and then go through it a couple of times and then just bring the support words on a piece of paper with my to take a quick glare on - and then the actual speech is improvised around the outline to get to the main point. Easy!

Now, this was my first speech in English in a formal setting...

... and when I was standing up there, I realized that I should have prepared myself totally different. I'm not at all confident at improvising in English around an outline... suddenly I got really nervous and found myself almost mumbling.... gaah!

Well, at least it was a good experience and I think I came out ok in the end...

8 comments:

Ally said...

Sometimes we're not as "off" as we feel. What did your husband say about it? Anything?

JaCal said...

Ally - hopefully... *sigh*. He said he could tell I got nervous... but that it was ok. But then... can you really trust what a Husband says? ;-)

Peter J said...

No.

Peter J said...

Sorry, I meant yes, of course :)

JaCal said...

Did Ally call you in the 40 minutes it took to change your answer? ;-)

Jeanette said...

I can tell you (and I know because I was at the wedding and am the Mother of the Bride) that the speech was absolutely wonderful and it made me both cry and laugh. JaCal and her husband are like family and since my Swedish family could not be there I blubbered like a baby when the last part of the speech was in Swedish. PERFECT and NOT mumbling at all :)Tusen tack igen och igen...

Peter J said...

Actually, no. Haha. I just wasn't sure how my sarcastically snarky answer would come across.... And besides, I think 'yes' is the more truthful answer (this is without Ally twisting my arm ;)

JaCal said...

Jeanette - well thank you for your nice words - you might be a bit biased however since I called you "star" - haha! ;-) You're welcome - I'm happy I did it, mumbling or not...

Peter J - I though your first answer was hilarious - I read it (well, didn't take that long...) to the Husband, who laughed too.