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Speech-Time Exclusive --, Pick up some public speaking social skills!
September 11, 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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This week, we'll be talking about...
Public Speaking Social SkillsTable of Contents
1. News: A personal message, management changes, your contributions, buying speeches.
2. "Quotes To Speak By"
3. Building Social Skills for Public Speaking
A Personal Message
First off, a personal item you should be aware of. For the next while, instead of writing about public speaking, I'll be doing it in some form or another almost full-time. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly called the Mormons.
Why does that matter?
Well, young men in the church often serve two year proselyting missions. You might have seen the Mormon missionaries - they go around in pairs, usually in black suits, white dress shirts, and black name tags. For the next two years, I'll be doing the same thing. Full time teaching and speaking. (If you'd like to find out more about the Mormon church, visit www.mormon.org.
I hope to return with more valuable skill and experiences that I can share with you.
In the meantime...
There's some management changes.
I'll be turning over management of the website to Diane Bean, a lady who you can rely on to carry on providing great public speaking tips and tutorials. I've heard Diane speak to business groups and church congregations, and she has judged speech competitions on the national level. She'll be contributing her skills by writing this e-zine and managing submissions.
Finally, 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 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 Michel de Montaigne, a French essayist.
"Our speech has its weaknesses and its defects, like all the rest. Most of the occasions for the troubles of the world are grammatical."
So fix your grammar ;-).
What is public speaking but private speaking writ large? To be a better speaker, get better with people. Here are some exercises I've found useful to develop public speaking social skills.
All of these exercises will prepare you better for giving your big speeches. Public speaking is just private speaking writ large.
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