Oh man, it’s already over! And to think it was just a few weeks ago when I was stressing about how my speech was going to make me look dumb on stage, or even further back, still deciding who I was even going to take on for this project. Honestly, the whole experience turned out way more interesting and enlightening than I originally thought it would be. I guess this will be a big ole wrap up on everything, in terms of final thoughts of speeches, learning centres, and Night of the Notables in general.
Lilly Singh Takes Centre Stage: Speech
November 13th, 2015: 2:00 pm – Basically, this was the point where it really hit me: “I’m gonna be performing my eminent speech in less than an hour.” Of course, I knew I was presenting the whole day, but it never actually hit me till just before.
I know I have touched on being strangely un-confident with my speech while writing it in my document of learning, but I do want to expand on that a bit more here. Theres the general consensus in the performing community that the level that your anxieties and nerves are just before your speech are basically completely wiped away to nothing by the time you actually start performing. I had known this before actually going up, so I was well prepared for what was coming in that sense; I mean, I perform on stage all the time, and I’m used to it. So initially when thinking about the speech, the performing aspect of it seemed it would be the least of my worries.
Oh how I was mistaken.
I was practically scared stiff sitting and waiting to be the next one up. Mainly, as I have mentioned before, this was a result of me being weirdly unconfident in what I was going to present. During the actual writing process, I remember looking at the of the previous year examples of speeches, then looking at my speech, and actually thinking to myself “Am I doing this entire assignment wrong?” Clearly, I had been wrong, but these thoughts nearly led me to deleting my whole speech to start again and write in the more comfortable format it seemed to be delivered through over the years.
Don’t doubt your weird ideas! Embrace them, and run with them!
After some long discussion with my parents, as well as with my friends, though I still wasn’t completely confident in how my speech was going to go, it honestly didn’t matter to me at that point. The only thing I needed to know at that point was that I believed in what I was saying. In all honesty, I thought my speech was pretty cool, and even though I thought I was going to make a fool out of myself while performing it, I had all the things I wanted to say, as well as the right tone I wanted to convey them in, so what was the point in all the stress?
This’ll be something I know I’m going to be thinking about more from here on out, and I think I’ll really be able to stop limiting myself from picking the weird ideas, and stop staying on the safe side of things. Besides, I really enjoyed myself up there, and am actually really excited to do another speech like this in grade 10 next year!
THINK ABOUT ?: Learning Centre
November 17th, 2015: 5:00 pm – Considering Humble the Poet is a modern day rapper, slam poet, and YouTube personality, I found it really difficult to quickly come up with an interesting learning centre idea. From the start, I knew I wanted to make it something interactive, as I just thought of if I were to go to a learning centre, what would I want there to be? I filed through many ideas revolving mainly around mad-libbing and music analysis at first, though none of those really stood out to me as something I would want to make a huge focus at my centre. I considered doing something where I actually didn’t have a stationary station, but a mobile one where I’d go around talking to people, but I wasn’t able to solidify an idea for that.
Finally after an evening of heavy thinking, a light bulb practically went off in my mind:
“What better way to get across the concept of thinking about the unthinkable than to actually get them to think about the unthinkable?”
And so, the thought box and the ponder board were born.
The first time people actually came around to my centre, I was a bit patchy in terms of what to say to them about Humble, as my centre was all activities and visuals, and no written information, which I found as beneficial.
But the more people came around, I had developed a little spiel in my mind which I was able to flawlessly talk off of for the entire time. The whole concept I had for my learning centre was based around talking about 2 main things:
- Thinking about the “unthinkable.” Essentially thinking about and discussing the things that people are scared to or uncomfortable with talking and thinking about. Humble radiates these exact thoughts through all his work, and he challenges the mind to forget about that “box” and look at the bigger picture of things.
- How mistreated rap music is nowadays, as it’s more and more commonly incorporated into Top 40 songs. Rap music is well known among people who listen to the radio as (for the most part) very centralized around different irrelevant, unrelatable, and sometimes vulgar topics. However, real rap is an artistic platform that allows artists to voice thoughts, opinions, philosophies, rants, and various things of the same nature through a creative media that would otherwise not be heard.
I had 3 components in my centre.
Above are displays of some of Humble’s lyrics, as painted on canvas by me.
I had a whiteboard with lyrics written on it. The words were originally an Iggy Azalea song about sex (some of the lyrics being super gross, honestly), I replaced words in a portion of the song to convey a different meaning, showing just how powerful a few single words here and there can be.
A thought box, and a “Ponder Board.”
This was the main focus of my centre, the one that drew most people in, seeing many others gathering around and writing stuff down. Basically, what I had was slips of paper and pens, a thought box (previously filled with thoughts by TALONS students), and a huge project board with sharpies attached called the “Ponder Board.” I had people write questions or thoughts that scared, inspired, intrigued, or puzzled them down on the slips of paper, fold them up, and put them in my thought box. Then, after putting one in, they were to take a thought out of the box, read it, and respond to it on the “Ponder Board.”
By the end of the night, I had this many thoughts on the board…
… and this many thoughts in the box…
If you’d like a closer view of the “Ponder Board,” check out the album below!
That’s nearly it for this part of my reflection. For Pt. 2, click here!