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QW 010512 “Speech Self-Assessment Jan.4”

What do you usually do while you’re taking a bath besides washing your body from head to toe, shampooing your hair with your eyes tightly closed, and soaking yourself in a soothing hot bathtub sighing “Ahh…..”? I did an experiment last night and it seems to have worked. I listened to the recordings of my previous two Skype lessons while I was taking a bath. I liked it because 1) It’s time saving. 2) It’s amusing in a bathroom without any entertainment. I’m kind of a person who’d do multiple things simultaneously. It’s not because I’m an efficient and productive person but because I get easily distracted by anything and prefer doing a couple of things at the same time, “juggling”, to keep the workings of my brain healthy. Here’s the result of my self-assessment.

1) Unnecessary “Maybes”
I’m glad to say it has been significantly reduced. Toward the end of the lesson, however, I sort of lost concentration to hold myself back from using “maybes” and uttered several of them. It was when a tutor asked me the question “What do you think ‘honesty’ means to a company and corporate governance?” that a few unnecessary maybes popped out of my mouth. I guess it was because that I was under pressure when l tried gathering my thoughts. By the way, I brought up the word “fairness” to star responding to the question. You can’t talk about what you really don’t know well in whatever language. That’s the truth.

2) Illogical “Buts”
It’s been reduced, BUT not to a satisfying level yet. It seems to me that I use “but” as fillers when I should say “well, you know, ah, uh,” instead. Also I’m too conscious to make pauses or blank in my speaking. I try uttering some “sound” to maintain the turn of the conversation, which, I’m very much sure, makes my utterance redundant or even annoying (Yeah, I was annoyed myself). Next time I’ll try not to be afraid of the silence and refrain from saying “but” illogically.

3) Empty Laughter
This is what I already noticed when I was listening to the recordings of my teaching. I tend to make empty laughter at the end of my utterance, supposedly in attempt to hide my awkwardness. I hate this bad habit because it makes me sound a chatty, a bit pushy middle-aged woman, which of course I’m not! Again, I need to have the courage to remain silent, face the awkwardness if any, and hold back empty laughter. It’s far better to spend the time of “silence” to think what I’m going to say next, isn’t it?

(40 minutes / 439 words)

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