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<ul><li><p>8/13/2019 TED Talk Reflective Paper</p><p> 1/2</p><p>Billy KennedyDecember 12, 2013Dr. Erin Dietel-McLaughlin</p><p>Multimedia Project TED TalkReflective Paper</p><p>Although my TED Talk presentation worked off the same research and</p><p>thesis as my research essay, I was surprised as to what degree I had to tailor</p><p>information to make it engaging, and more personal for the audience. During the</p><p>preliminary stages of forming an outline for my presentation, I found my</p><p>presentations content was very similar to that of my essay. Seeing as the essayand an oral presentation are two different mediums, I knew there was something</p><p>I could do to enhance my assertions in a presentation setting. Many strong</p><p>supporting arguments from my research essay were included, such as my</p><p>examples on Golden Rice and B.t. corn. When it came to addressing the gene</p><p>therapy side of my discussion, I thought this would be a great opportunity to</p><p>make the presentation more personal with the audience, rather than just stating</p><p>the findings I made in my research essay. After some further searching, I came</p><p>across the story of a young girl named Jordan who has lived with cystic fibrosis.</p><p>Featured in a documentary film called 65 Roses , I went on to tell the class</p><p>Jordans story and how gene therapy has continually increased her life</p><p>expectancy.</p><p>Furthermore, during the thanksgiving break, I took a trip to the South</p><p>Bend Farmers Market to talk to produce sellers abo ut their perspectives on</p><p>organic and genetically modified foods. Expecting to hear their perspectives on</p><p>the benefits of organic foods, I was completely surprised when they spoke highly</p><p>of genetically modified foods, which ended up supporting my thesis. I felt the</p></li><li><p>8/13/2019 TED Talk Reflective Paper</p><p> 2/2</p><p>addition of my experience at the South Bend Farmers Market supplemented my</p><p>researched information well, as it not only described to the audience some of my</p><p>personal experiences and discoveries, but it was also relevant to them as this</p><p>was very close to home; the conversations I had with these stand owners were</p><p>only two miles south of where I gave the presentation. I feel these changes from</p><p>my research essay not only allowed me to engage the audience more, but it also</p><p>allowed me accentuate how genetic engineering can be used as a humanitarian</p><p>tool.</p><p>Watching my recorded self giving my presentation was a great learning</p><p>experience. I had rehearsed the speech many times before the day of the</p><p>presentation and felt prepared, but the recording showed me that there were</p><p>areas I would still like to improve in. My hardest challenge in preparing this</p><p>presentation was fitting it in less than ten minutes. Because of this, I found</p><p>myself speaking quickly, and sometimes I felt points were slightly rushed. Yet, I</p><p>feel my interaction with the audience made for an engaging talk. To my surprise,</p><p>I actually timed it perfectly on the day with nine minutes and fifty-nine seconds!</p><p>Looking at myself speak, I now realize how much I am moving around and using</p><p>verbal communication to interact with the listeners.</p><p>Overall, I felt my talk went very well as the audience seemed to be</p><p>attentive and engaged with what I had to say. Of course, there were instances</p><p>that I felt I could have executed better, but for the most part, everything went the</p><p>way I had rehearsed it. To further improve my public speaking skills, I think it is</p><p>important to continually be assessing oneself in this manner by actually</p><p>watching oneself give a speech. This way, I have been able to identify many</p><p>strengths and areas for improvement for future talks I may give.</p></li></ul>