I was pretty nervous at the beginning of the speech, but not as bad as when I first performed speeches in high school. I know I spoke fast at times, and I definitely looked down at my paper more often, and I could have used more preparation.
My classmates enjoyed the comedy in my speech and my metaphor of gardening to life. In addition, they felt that I could have been a bit louder when I spoke, and use more eye contact. Overall, they liked the pace, my hook and my message.