Great Speakers Use Acting Skills

public speaking using acting skills

*SPEAKERS with Acting Skills and Authenticity ALWAYS have the edge – INTRO

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”  Martha Graham


I’m excited to finally be able to pass on these basic, and yet extraordinary, acting skills to speakers. I will be discussing specific acting techniques for speakers, approaches to writing speeches and more.

And I welcome comments, and especially suggestions and questions and concerns regarding Public Speaking.

Speaking and Acting are siblings

As a speaker you are walking into a different world from the one you occupy daily. In a short period of time you have to efficiently communicate vocally and physically your authenticity, so that the audience will hear your message and act. Being totally prepared to enter that world requires work. As a matter of fact, you never walk on stage without a warmup involving physical, vocal and mental preparation to enter this other world.

Public Speaking is like Acting (it’s a mini-performance)For both the actor and the speaker, this “performance” requires

• Dealing with your Fears
• Authenticity
• Heightened Reality,
• Great Story Telling Skills,
• Presence
• Passion
• Improvisational Skills
• Vocal work
• Relaxation techniques
• Rehearsal

just for starters.

I will be going into depth with of these in future blogs.

I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you.

NEXT BLOG: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU (your gift and your fear)

Tags: acting, associations, great, oregon, portland, presentation, public, skills, speakers, speaking


April 26, 2009 - Posted by | acting skills, fear of speaking, Public Speaking

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