Title: How I became part sea urchin

Presenter: Catherine Mohr

Evaluation

Content

  • For your introduction, you jumped right into your story and began by telling us the location of the story and what you were doing there. I wondered if this would be an entertaining story or if this was going to lead to another point. I didn't know what to expect, so I was confused at first. I recommend introductions to help listeners know what they’re about to hear.
  • You used comics for your slides. Generally, I coach speakers to avoid comics and animations because they tend to look tacky and unprofessional. But I liked them in your presentation, and I think it's because they looked clever and fun. (At that point, I was hoping that the point of the presentation was to be fun and entertaining; otherwise there was going to be a disconnect between the purpose and the mood.
  • I liked the twists of the story, and especially the fake-twist. (It kind of reminded me of competing in tall tales contests.)

Delivery

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