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October 29, 2008
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Welcome to Speech-Time exclusive. Building public speaking skills is more than a one-time thing, and that's why we're writing this e-zine! Every other week, we'll give you the opportunity to take your public speaking to the next level.
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Words, Wonderful WordsTable of Contents
1. Continue the power of words, your contributions, buying speeches.
2. "Quotes To Speak By"
3. Speaking Clearly
Welcome back to the wonderful world of the spoken word. I would like to personally welcome all new subscribers, and thank those who have recommended our site. As always, we welcome your questions, suggestions, and contributions. After all, we are all in this together! when starting the topic of the amazing power of words, we realized that only one session would not even make a dent in the topic. So, welcome to part 2 of Words, Wonderful Words!
Because it is still a fairly new feature, I'd like to remind you that you can contribute content to the site in a number of ways and on a variety of topics. If you have something to share about public speaking, share it!
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While Speech-Time.com is all about writing speeches, we know that sometimes everyone gets short on time - at least, I do! So I just reviewed a couple of websites where you can buy professionally-written speeches for those times when you just can't get your ready. Check them out at What to Do When You Need A Speech FAST.
This week's quote comes from George Orwell:
"A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?"
Mr. Orwell expressed this in his book, "Politics and the English Language" (1946). He was referring to writing, but the same applies to public speaking.
What am I trying to say? Have the purpose of your speech clearly in your mind. Are you introducing a new concept? Trying to sway opinions? Sale something? Or, maybe encourage specific actions? Whatever your purpose, sincerity is the key. If you don't believe what you are saying, neither will anyone else. Pay close attention to body language. If you habitually look down or rapidly shift your gaze or stance, your audience will not trust a word you say.
What words will express my purpose? This is where your craft plays the biggest part. Try different arrangements of words, different words with similar meanings. Sample your words like you would a selection of fine cheese. Try each word in its place to see which is the best fit, the best flavor.
What image will make your point the clearest? Don't try to be overly artistic. Chances are, your audience will react the strongest to familiar objects and situations. If your audience is overly conservative, don't try to move them with the latest liberal theories, and likewise the other way around. Know your audience!
Is the image you evoke fresh and new? Or are you relying and old standards? The tried and true definitely have a place, but generally the best course is to present ideas in a new light that maybe your audience hasn't thought of before. Have I chosen the right words to make an impact?
Public speaking is a craft, and words are our tools. Make them memorable and heart-felt. Your speeches will be better for it.
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