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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Big Mistake

A guy rang us yesterday, this is how the conversation went..."hey, can you guys help me with the speech I have to give at my daughters wedding?"......... "of course, would love too...where are you at with it?"......."It's all written, I just need you to look over it and let me know if it needs any changes.  I'll email it to you."
This leads me into this weeks blog. I struggle with the approach that still dominants not only many individuals but also most of our schools and major learning institutions.

Please note: WRITING GOOD A SPEECH IS NOT THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL CONNECTION WITH AN AUDIENCE.
Is that loud enough for you!
As a teacher, ongoing student and adjudicator of the "Art of Public Speaking" the frustration is sometimes overwhelming!
For your reference there are 3 kinds of speech delivery:
1. Manuscript (fully read either from a paper or PowerPoint presentation)
2. Memorised (basically a manuscript delivery that you have spent hours memorising)
3. Extemporaneous (prepared, planned, rehearsed but delivered in a natural, relaxed manner allow you to connect with the audience).

There is a time and place for each method but your daughter's wedding is most certainly the place for the extemporaneous delivery.  In my opinion, most circumstances require this style of delivery.
Of course there is a lot more to this science than this but I urge those of you who do get the opportunity to speak in public to get some advice, build some skills and save us all from the tedious job of listening to you read your script or read with you, a painstakingly prepared PowerPoint presentation. Perhaps you could just email it to us and we can take in with a substantial glass of vino while sitting the LazyBoy!
No offence intended and the man on the phone....he is coming in next week for a session on how to connect with his audience in an extemporaneous way!

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