Presentation Skills Put Your Body Into Your Speech

Presentation skills are the difference between a speech and an essay.  When I’m reading an essay, I can put in any emphasis I want.

Consider this poem.

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!

Read it out loud with a deep voice, taking your time with each word.

Now do it again in a sharp, high-pitched, scared voice.

One voice is the executioner and the other is the prisoner.  Which one do you think is which? Continue reading “Presentation Skills Put Your Body Into Your Speech”

How to Write a Speech in the Weirdest Way Possible

How do you write a speech?  How to write a speech seems hard.  How to write a speech

Most people go with the traditional:

  1. Tell them what you’re going to tell them.
  2. Tell them.
  3. Tell them what you told them.

Well, that’s pretty boring.

There are a couple of things to do first.

Recognize what a speech is

Essentially, a speech is an act.  It’s a presentation in a specific time, place with specific goals for a particular audience.

It’s not a piece of art like a book or a painting.  Speech is more like dance.  While we may want to see the dance done exactly the same way every time, we can build machines to do that.  No, speech and dance and acting are events of a moment by a human and because it’s by humans, it will have variations and unique parts regardless of how hard the performers may want to present in exactly the same way every time.

Think of a concert by a famous singer.  I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year watching Paul Simon’s concerts on Youtube.  The man rarely repeats a song exactly year after year.  Part of it must be boredom, but it also is that we can’t always control the atmosphere, the audience, the stage…

When you’re on a stage, often you have to deal with several emotions and situations that never happen during practices. Continue reading “How to Write a Speech in the Weirdest Way Possible”