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[Speaking-Out-Loud December 2012]The gifts of voice
December 20, 2012
Welcome to the December Issue of Speaking-Out-Loud write-out-loud.com's monthly E-zine to help you effectively 'talk your walk'.
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Happy speaking. In the words of Carol Duerksen;
That's my wish for you, that you are blessed.
In this Issue
If you don't have time to read the whole ezine, click on the topic that interests you. This month you will find:
Christmas Time/Family Time
Gifts to Give Yourself - Sounding Intelligent
How the Grinch Stole PowerPoint
Emotion while Speaking
Preparing Christmas Speeches
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Happy speaking, happy holidays, and may your words do much more than pass sentence,
It's that time of year when many families and friends get together. Uncles and aunts arrive, cousins, small and big, call by, out-of-town friends drop in ... It's a time of giving, getting, sharing and yes, honing your public speaking skills. That doesn't always mean making a speech. It could be reading a story.
Some of the best and most memorable gifts, for children as well as adults, are the simple ones: a story well read.
This collection of Christmas Stories contains two of my favorites: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Gift of the Magi by American short story writer, O. Henry.
Both are wonderful and even though you may have read them to yourself or heard them multiple times, they remain fresh and vibrantly alive.
If you are not used to reading aloud here's some tips as a guide.
In a 2009 newsletter I included an article called Dr Suess and the Art of Getting it Right Out Loud on the benefits of reading aloud. It's a transferable skill. Reading aloud will improve the quality of your public speaking. That article has links into pages on my site to help with developing specific aspects, as well as to extensive suggestions for good read aloud titles.
Go on. When the kids are getting jumpy from hyper-stimulation, or you simply want to feel a real sense of community turn off the television, the computer, or whatever electronic gizmo is claiming attention and read a story out loud.
If there was a choice between sounding intelligent and sounding like an air-headed Valley Girl (or boy), which would you choose?
The answer that most give would is they'd like to sound smart!
Please don't sell yourself short. Sounding intelligent is easily achieved in 5 steps.
Yes, I do know that sounding intelligent and being intelligent are two different things and that they don't necessarily come paired. However sounding 'real stupid' when you're not is very limiting.
Here's a Christmas present, a wonderful parody of the Dr Suess story 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', for all of you who give presentations, and for anybody who appreciates clever verbal dexterity. It's lovely fun; a plea for good business communication made with humor from Andrew Dhlugan of six minutes - a superb public speaking website chock full of resources.
How do you handle the welling up of tears while you're speaking? This is a question many public speakers ask. When the content, or context, of your speech is emotionally charged coping with the need to weep and continuing to speak can be difficult. A recent tragic event has provided us with an exemplar.
Denise Graveline, public speaking coach and communications consultant from The Eloquent Woman put together an excellent post: Tears while speaking: Lessons from President Obama, on the subject. In it she identifies and outlines six useful strategies used by Obama in the speech he gave responding to the massacre in Connecticut. It's worthwhile reading.
If you've got a speech to prepare and haven't started yet, it's not too late.
And very lastly, thank you to those of you who rushed off to get my ebook; Public Speaking Games - from fear to fun in 28 ways when I announced its arrival in my last newsletter. It felt good to see the notifications coming through. Do let us know how you get on with it.
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