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[Speaking-Out-Loud January 2013] New Beginnings
January 30, 2013

Welcome to the January Issue of Speaking-Out-Loud's monthly E-zine to help you effectively 'talk your walk'.

If this E-zine speaks to you, then quite likely it will talk sense to your friends, family or work mates too. Please pass it along.

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Remember, if you have any questions you're most welcome to ask them through my contact form. I enjoy hearing from my readers and will respond as soon as I am able.

Happy new year to you all.


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:

Susan's Spiel

New beginnings ...
The New Year is here and along with it the annual customary opportunity to reinvent ourselves. Of course, we could do that any time at all but there's something special about setting off into 365 days full of possibilities invigorated and inspired. Find out more ...

Teaching - tailoring games
If you teach or lead groups you know lifting instructions off a page and implementing them is only the start. To make an activity meaningful it needs to be customized to fit the needs of your audience. A Russian reader and tutor shares his adaptions of articulation games.

Meet-Up for Toastmasters
Do you belong to Toastmasters? If you do, you'll know how good it is for gaining and improving public speaking skills. You'll also know how tricky it can be to let people who are not members know about it. We've discovered a wonderfully effective way of spreading the news. It works!

Find Resources
Sometimes you find resources you've just got to share! This is one of them - a wonderful ever changing collection of public speaking themed articles covering multiple topics.

I am always looking for ways to improve the site. If you see any errors or would like to contribute in any way, please accept this invitation to contact me through my About Me page.

Thank you for reading.

Happy speaking,


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New beginnings ...

'And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been' - Rainer Maria Rilke

I love these quotes like this. They're wide open, brimming with tantalizingly positive possibilities, an invitation to dream, and a reminder to honor the best of ourselves.

This comes from a Huffington Post collection:- Inspirational sayings to inspire a fresh start in 2013

Check them out. Choose one, or two, or three or more! Print them out. Give them to friends. Drop them into speeches. Spread the good words - the words invoking the courage to create yourself and your world anew.

And while we're on the subject of quotations, there's pages of them especially chosen and themed for different occasions and types of speeches on my site.

If you'd like more on why and how to use quotations effectively in speeches check this article I wrote for Speaking Out Loud in 2010: Second Hand Words.

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Teaching - tailoring games

Speech games and activities are static until you do something with them. It's akin to reading a recipe. The ingredients are listed, the method described but there's no tangible edible result until its brought to life through DOING.

In that act of doing we learn what works, what doesn't and what enhancements to make to an activity to have it more accurately fulfill our needs. The enhancements are creativity at work and those I love hearing about. A speech game on my site is a seed - dormant until someone, somewhere activates it.

Recently a reader in Russia emailed a series of tongue twister activity adaptions used successfully with adult students none of whom were native English speakers. They're good! I've posted them because I'm sure some of you may like to experiment with them in your own classes.

Here's the tongue twister used through all 5 tasks listed below.

There was a fisherman named Fisher
Who fished for some fish in a fissure,
Till a fish with a grin, pulled the fisherman in.
Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.

Task 1.
Split into pairs.
No. 1 reads lines 1 and 3 in a low tone, slowly.
No. 2 reads lines 2 and 4 in a high-pitched voice, fast.
Swap the roles.

Task 2.
Reading in a duet.
Read lines 1 and 3 slowly, in a low voice.
Read lines 2 and 4 as fast as you can, in a high tone.

Task 3. Situational performance.
You are selling fish in a fish market. Shout out the tongue twister, as loud as you can, thus calling buyers for attention. The better your acting, the better chances you have in selling your fish.

Task 4.
Create your "stage" image [good guy, bad guy, a fox, a mouse, etc.], and say your tongue twister in such a manner so that other students can guess what your image is.

Task 5.
Chain reading or reading one after another.
Split into groups of 4.
Each student reads a line, one after another.
Line 1. Very low voice, slowly.
Line 2. Your natural voice and natural rate.
Line 3. High tone, high rate.
Line 4. Very low voice, high rate.

If there any more adaptions out there, please share. You can do that easily through the form at the foot of the Speaking Out Loud sign-up page. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Meet-Up for Toastmasters

How many of you are members of the international public speaking organization Toastmasters International?

I know from correspondence a lot of you already are, just as I know a lot of you are thinking about it. It's the beginning of the year - a new one! Time to stop thinking and start doing. This is an ideal time to join Toastmasters as you'll be meeting up with whole lots of other newcomers, many of whom will have made the same resolution as yourself. 2013, you promised, will be the year you become a competent and confident public speaker!

To find a club near you use either the Toastmaster Find a club search engine or try Meet-Up. Meet Up is a gem of a web site, allowing users to find interest groups where ever they are in the world. Try it. You'll see.

A side note for Toastmaster Club organizers - get your club onto Meet Up. We find it an increasingly successful way of attracting new members. You can check our meet-up site here.

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Finding Resources

Do you have a particular public speaking question you want an answer to?

I know finding good resources across multiple topic areas can be a hassle. Even if you only have one subject to research the exercise rapidly becomes time consuming - particularly if you stop to read along the way. That's why I was delighted to find a source of excellent up-to-the-minute public speaking resources drawn from a selection of the best public speaking blogs and sites on the net. I'll guarantee you'll enjoy it too. Take a look!

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Thank you for reading the January Issue of Speaking-Out-Loud. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed preparing it. Please feel free to contact me with any questions through the form at the foot of the Speaking Out Loud Page. I love hearing from my readers!

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Until next time,
Happy speaking,


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