Monday, January 28, 2008
I watched the Tom Cruise video that has been creating buzz lately. I was quite impressed. Not by what he was saying or the words he used, but his delivery style. The way he expressed himself, the way he used pauses, and his facial expressions show off his expertise in acting. This video could be used to teach students how to deliver effective speeches. I remember one presentation I gave in grad school and I was so tired from preparing for the presentation the night before that I just wasn't into putting energy into the presentation. And the teacher commented on this. He said you have to act excited about what you are saying, which will influence the audience into paying attention to you. Tom Cruise does this perfectly; he's very excited about what he is saying. After my lesson in grad school, when I give presentations, I do my best to mask my anxiety or tiredness and pretend I am on a stage acting.