NoodleCast Video #1: Hope and Change

 Posted by on 8 March 2010 at 8:00 am  Videocast
Mar 082010

On Saturday morning, I gave my first speech to Liberty Toastmasters. I was very pleased with it — more so than expected.

The speech wasn’t brilliant or deep, but it was perfect for the audience. I was able to use my notes as nothing but a rough outline, then ad lib around that. (Although I never write out speeches in full, I’m usually too dependent on my notes.) My delivery felt good too. In fact, I’m happy to report that I won the “best speaker” award — by a unanimous vote! Hooray! My strength in Toastmasters has always been evaluations: I can give a kick-ass evaluation at the drop of a hat. So I’m really hoping to develop my skills at impromptu speaking and prepared speeches.

Honestly, the speech went so well that I wished that I’d recorded it. However, I decided to do the next best thing: I recorded a video of it when I got home.

I’ve been wanting to try video for a while, but I just couldn’t carve out an opportunity. Finally, I had one! So I recorded it with my iSight webcam on my iMac, plus the good condenser microphone that I use for podcasting.

As you’ll see, it’s rather rough, not just because I did it on a lark, but also because I allowed myself just one take. Next time, I’m going to have to work on keeping eye contact with the camera. I’m used to roving my eyes around the room while speaking, so focusing on the video camera is something new. I need to find ways to position my notes, so that they’re not a distraction to my eyes. I need to adjust the light in my office. And I want to try shooting the video with my new camera, then perhaps with a real video camera.

However, I’m pleased by how much more of me is captured in video than in blog posts and podcasts. I’m really fascinated by that, and I’m going to think about how to best use that.

Okay, so without further ado, here’s NoodleCast Video #1: Hope and Change:

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