OUTSIDE SPEAKER EVALUATION
This speech titled, “Agrophobia,” was presented by Sara Benincasaon November 1, 2013 at Rammelkamp on the Illinois College campus. She is the author of a book titled "Agorafabulous," which deals with agoraphobia (extreme or irrational fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public places).She is also an award-winning comedian, writer and radio talk show host. She has gained the praise and attention of the Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Guardian, and The New York Times, and has earned her an ECNY (Emerging Comedian of New York) Award and a Webby nomination. (“Sara Benincasa." Sara Benincasa. Bandzoogle, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.)
The stage was set up like a living room two chairs, a little rug on the floor, black curtains as the background and a coffee table in the middle. As soon as she was introduced she walked on stage with much confidence and no note cards. She gave a detailed story about her college life with so much humor in it. The whole speech was basically about her life so she is the best credible source for that speech. She connected with the audience almost immediately by confirming that she was once in college and knows how it feels and what we are going through. She had no visual aids to support her materials it was just her. She talked about the stress she went through in college due to work, activities and so on. I believe many students in the audience could relate to that and by creating that link she won the audience trust and heart.
In my own opinion the speech felt more like a freestyle than something that was prepared. The speech was organized in a very chronological order that is from her freshman to her senior year and ended with her present life situation. She talked about how she was so excited to be in college and asked how many of us in the audience ever heard that college was the coolest place to be and the audience responded in the positive....