Great Speakers Use Acting Skills

public speaking using acting skills

*GREAT SPEECH to study
Al Pacino’s speech
Notice, range, tone, rhythm.
Most speakers don’t have the training to have variety in their voice.  On a daily basis most of us speak in a narrow range that makes us sound monotone – not great for public speaking which calls for inspiration. 
And notice the authenticity, the timing, the connection of voice to body – the energy, the contact with the audience.
Acting or vocal classes can help or an individual coach.  I’m happy to work with people over the phone if necessary.   

Barbara Kite is an Executive Speaking & Professional Acting Coach, actress and director who resides in Portland Oregon


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


  1. Thanks for posting this speech. It is defintely a great one to learn from. I really like this blog! I have also found that is a great site for examining the way people give speeches. I talk about it in my speaking advice blog,

    I would love to hear your thoughts!


    Comment by Sarah Gershman | June 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. I love the TED site too. Have you seen a talk by Ken Robinson on creativity? Great stuff. I really like Barbara’s site, drawing lessons from the performing arts. I try to do this in my business coaching and one of my favourite scenes is from the movie Sideways involving Paul Giamatti and Virginia Masden. It’s about mid-way through the movie, they’re on a sofa discussing a shared love of wine. It’s tender, moving and a great example of passion about a subject. Seth Godin the marketing guru talks about ‘Otaku’, a Japanese word somewhere between enthusiasm and obsession. If you’ve got Otaku you’ll be communicating your passion through great dialogue and infecting those around you.

    Comment by Andy Thorp | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks Andy and thanks for the new word in my life – I vaguely remember something about it in the past but I’m glad i’ts come back to visit me again – OTAKU

      Comment by Barbara Kite | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • I’ve admired and loved Ken Robinson for a long time.

      Barbara Kite Executive Speaking, Professional Acting & Speech Writing Coach

      Member: NSA, NWCA, AEA, ACTRA, AFTRA, SAG 503-423-7437

      great speakers know the value of acting skills

      GREAT SPEAKERS AND ACTING SKILLS BLOG _www.bmkite.wordpress.com_ (


      Comment by Barbara Kite | August 7, 2009 | Reply

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