Standing more than 6 feet tall, a man of few words with a confident gaze Michael Catlos’ intimidating demeanor might seem daunting, but ask to see a picture of his dog and the tough guy image quickly fades.
Michael Catlos, from Poland, Ohio, is a freshman member of the OU Forensics team. He specializes in catching people off guard.
He uses his size and looks to his advantage. During his after dinner speech on the consumerism that has taken over American holidays he uses humor and songs in place of traditional spoken transitions to catch the audience off guard.
“I sing “Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail” as a lead into the Easter holiday and “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas” to transition into unwrapping the consumerism problems during the Christmas holiday,” Catlos said.
Catlos’ passion for speaking has helped determine his future. He is majoring in organizational communication and aspires to be a college speech coach—this decision could also be influenced by his current advisor, Dan West, who is the head coach of the OU speech team.
Catlos enjoys spending his weekends traveling and competing with the team. He is willing to make the necessary sacrifices in his social life to make room for practice. But amidst the high stress speech environment, he maintains an attitude of simplicity.
“My ideal day would be on a beach with Jimmy Buffett, Catlos said. “He would know how to seize the moment and squeeze the most out of the day. Plus, I wouldn’t mind wasting a day in Margaritaville.”