Great Speakers Use Acting Skills

public speaking using acting skills

*CAPTURING the audience

As an acting coach, in every class I make sure every person gets up and works, sometimes with one other, sometimes by themselves, sometimes with the whole class, but always in front of an audience, always needing that connection.

I believe learning happens not just with the words.  As a matter of fact, I believe it happens the least with words.  Sensorialy and kinestetically we retain so much more and on a deeper level.  Telling me about skiing is just not the same as having me do it, see, smell, taste, touch, hear and move in the experience of it all.

I have always known that speaking is like performing – you need to give the audience an experience.  That requires authenticity, heightened energy, great story telling skills, among other technical needs.  

I also know that actively involving your audience in a task will given them an even deeper way to experience your message.  And if that’s not possible due to the nature of your information, then a vivid story with SENSE MEMORY details will certainly leave them remembering what you had to offer. In other words SEE it before you say it.

SENSE MEMORY – an acting exercise coming soon to this blog.


May 10, 2009 - Posted by | acting skills, fear of speaking, presentations, Public Speaking

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