I’ve been thinking about my first General speech for as long as I can remember. I always looked ahead to it: a fictional team, a fictional opponent, a fictional staff, fictional head judges, and a fictional Rec Hall stage. In my mind, the speeches were always perfect — the right mix of wisdom and intensity and inspiration. I would use forceful hand gestures, methodically pace back and forth like Patton, and raise my voice at just the right time.
(Quick sidebar: My favorite hand gesture to use during a speech is smacking the back of your right hand against the palm of your left. Go ahead. Try it. My favorite in-game hand gesture? The Michael Jordan fist pump. End of sidebar.)