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Time to brush up on my speech-giving skills

June 29, 2010

This Abraham Lincoln impersonator could probably teach me a thing or two about giving a good speech.

Oh wait, I never really had them. Still, I’ve got to get better at giving speeches. In T-45 days or so I will be speaking at my friends’ wedding. I have been asked to talk about my friends’ relationship blossoming from a friendship to a romance.

I witnessed this happen over a number of months, and saw them regularly during the first couple of years they were together. I have stories to tell, insights to make, etc. But hopefully I won’t blow the speech. Or at least not say something awkward.

I’ve written out my rough draft, and plan to practice it as much as I can. It’s helpful that at the same time I’m working on this speech, I have a presentation to prepare for my class.  My professor gave us a number of tips for giving a good presentation.

He also suggested we consider joining a local Toastmasters group if we are especially committed to bettering our public speaking skills. I think that would be a fun experience. I’ll have to think about this…

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Back to school

June 9, 2010

I recently started taking a technical writing class at UMass Lowell. I took some pictures last night of the campus:

Isn't this gazebo lovely?

I spent some time studying in this student center.

Kind of a funny name for a building

This is Dugan Hall, where my class takes place.

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