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Speech-Time Exclusive --, Pick up some public speaking social skills!
September 25, 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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Table of Contents

1. News: The new management, your contributions, buying speeches.

2. "Quotes To Speak By"

3. First and Foremost, Relax!


The New Management

Welcome to the first newsletter by the new management. It is with some trepidation that I take over the management of Speech-Time. My son, Devin, re-introduced me to the wonderful world of public speaking. He somehow convinced me that giving up my weekends and traveling with a group of teenagers to speech and debate tournaments was a good idea. Now, six years and hundreds of speeches and debates later, he feels me qualified to run things while he is away, and I will do my best to uphold his high standards. The structure of the site and newsletter will remain the same, and I will (hopefully!) add insightful and worthwhile tips and ideas to make your speech time as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Your contributions.

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!

Professional Speeches You Can Buy

While 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.

2. "Quotes To Speak By"

This week's quote comes from William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.

"Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood."

Impress people with your knowledge, don't confuse them with your words ;-).

3. First and Foremost, Relax!

Quick! Think of your most frightening experience! What emotions did you experience? Did your forehead bead with sweat? Did you voice break, that is, if you could remember how to talk? Were you frozen in place, or did your flight response kick-in? Did your stomach churn wildly, or did you...? Enough said. Now, think of being in a safe environment where the only danger is one of someone maybe not liking what you say, or even chuckling softly in all the wrong places.

Welcome to the wonderful world of public speaking. Whatever the occasion, be it business, entertainment, religious, or school, most people suffer from stage fright to one degree or another. Take a deep breath. Relax. Take the last five minutes before you are called and don't think about what you are going to say. Remember, you have what your audience needs to hear, you can move them to do what needs to be done. Be sincere, be convincing, and above all, get to the point! With approximately three minutes before attention starts to wander, you don't have time to waste on fancy constructions and flowery words. Give you audience the information they need, then leave them wishing for more, rather than wishing you off the stage.

So, take that deep breath, clear your thoughts, and prepare to give a fantastic speech. This is your time to shine.

Happy speaking!

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