In this Issue
7 of the best updated pages - a round up
Write a poem. Manage your anxiety. Speak clearly. Browse heartfelt eulogies. Learn how to end a speech with a bang. Tell stories with effective characterization. Read a sample tribute speech.
I've been exceedingly fortunate in these strange times of global turbulence, illness and insecurity. Firstly, I and my family are well. Secondly, we live in New Zealand. And thirdly, I've been able to use this unusually quiet time to do all sorts of website work that has been languishing on my to-do list for a long time.
Here's 7 pages that got, what we call, in my family, a
'birthday'. They were reborn through a makeover. I hope you find them useful.
- How to write a poem in free verse
Add an original poem to your tribute, wedding, birthday, farewell, or any other type of speech and make it extra-special. This page steps you through the process. You'll find examples, audio and ongoing helpful links for more.
- 14 ways to manage anxiety
This page began life to help people get a handle on public speaking fear, something I'd suffered from myself. However many of the strategies listed are useful to meet any situation life throws at us. I think the first one, learning to breathe well, is critical to maintaining a sense of balance. Start with that and add more.
- Diction exercises &
If you're making speeches you absolutely need to speak clearly! Here's a bunch of drills based on tongue twisters to have fun with, including one of the trickiest, twistiest tanglers of them all: "I am the very model of a modern Major General". (There's audio too!)
- How to end a speech memorably
How many times have you finished speaking, and realized that you have not ended your speech well? Perhaps you ran out of time, and just stopped talking. Maybe you ended with an apology - "Yeah, thanks for listening. I'm sorry it was so boring." There are better ways. This page offers three effective alternatives with examples.
- 50+ heartfelt eulogies
For sad, and obvious reasons, this has been one the most visited pages on my site recently. It's a collection of funeral
speeches that have been shared by their writers to help others through the difficult task of writing a eulogy. Reading what other people have done in similar circumstances helps.
- Characterization techniques for effective storytelling in speeches
Do you know how to make your stories live? To make them vibrant, so that your audience has to listen? This page outlines characterization techniques borrowed directly from drama to make your stories compelling. If you're serious about presenting well, you'll want to ensure you know how to use them effectively.
- A sample tribute speech for a mother
Because of what I do I get asked for example speeches of varying kinds fairly frequently. This tribute speech is one of those, with a distinction. This is not a speech about a fictional person. This
is a speech about my mother and it is all true. If you need an example as a reference to help you write I hope mine works for you.
Where ever you are I hope you and yours are well. Stay safe, stay sane and stay put. This too, will pass.
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