I think that today at the band banquet, I gave my first speech. I’ve given class presentations, done forensics in middle school, debated, but I don’t believe I’ve ever actually given a speech.
I have to thank Ian for his advice: People don’t remember the middle of speeches, only the beginning and end. So, I made sure to start with a joke and end on a positive.
Obviously, it wasn’t the best of speeches, but considering all the time I didn’t put into it (ah, did you catch the negative?) because of a hectic schedule, I did okay.
Anyway, it’s the first step on a long road. For all of you who were there, you can one day say, pointing to me on the TV, “I saw this guy give his first speech.”